Hand Tool Preservation
Association of Australia Inc

Hidden Treasure

An event to celebration of HTPAA's 40th anniversary featuring an exhibition of the Caine Tool Collection as well as rare tools, live trade demonstrations and lectures, a tool market and coffee and food.
Entertainment and education for all ages.

Brighton Town Hall, Saturday 22nd October 2022, 9.30am to 5pm. More details here.

Founded in 1843, by an enterprising businessman named Frederick Trent Stanley. Stanley established a little shop in New Britain, Connecticut to manufacture door bolts and other hardware from wrought iron.

In 1852 Frederick Stanley and five neighbours established the Stanley Works with 25 staff. In 1857 another Stanly relative started the forerunner of the "Stanley Rule & Level Co". Both companies grew by acquisitions, and in 1920 merged into the "Stanley Tool Division".

Stanley® started operations in Australia as Stanley-Titan in 1963 when it bought a 50% share of Titan, previously a wholly owned subsidiary of BHP. Stanley-Titan operated out of its factory in Tasmania.

In 1970 Stanley-Titan acquired the Turner Industries Ltd Company, and in 1971 formed the "Stanley Works Company" and moved its head office from Tasmania to the Turner plant in Nunawading, Victoria.

Stanley immediately converted Turner-branded tools to the Stanley brand, or ceased manufacture within two years. In 1976, Stanley acquired the BHP shares, becoming the full owners of the firm. Stanley continued the pattern of acquisitions, notable examples were Rota Tool Boxes in 1990 and Sidchrome / Dawn in 1991. By 2001, Stanley had ceased all manufacture in Australia.

The Stanley handplane and spokeshave product range made in Australia was as follows:

Stanley Planes No 110 No 220 No 3 No 4 No 4½ No 5 No 5½ No 6 No 7  
Spokeshaves No 151 No 151R                

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Thanks to Graeme Plaw & Rod Thomas for information and images on this page.

The HTPAA welcomes any additional information, pictures and ephemera relating to these tools or any other Australian Makers.

Contact the Australian Collection Curator.

Next Antique & Collectable Hand Tool Market

The next Antique & Collectable Hand Tool Market is on Sunday 6th November 2022 9.00 am to 12.30 pm at The National Steam Centre, 1200 Ferntree Gully Rd, Scoresby or see the map here. For more information see the Tool Market page.