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Golden City Cast Iron Seat # 147 Type 1a © D Symons

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History Notes

Golden City Agricultural Implement Co.

Sydney OSBORNE, Richard AVARD and William MITCHELL commenced business in 1872 and were known as the CENTRAL FOUNDRY. They were soon in financial trouble and branched out into agricultural machinery before selling in 1889 to BRIGGS, SWALLING, WAKE & LEANEY, who renamed it GOLDEN CITY AGRICULTURAL IMPLEMENTS. In 1908 the business was manufacturing drills for the Austral Drill Co. and began to manufacture windmills and farm machinery. In 1930 OH Osborne acquired the business and it remained in the Osborne family thereafter.

It is not known when the company ceased to trade, but the factory still stands at 62 EAGLEHAWK ROAD IRONBARK.

"The foundry is a timber framed and corrugated iron clad building with two main bays being formed by kingpost trusses. Outside the building is a steam boiler which formerly powered the shaft drives. This boiler was decommissioned when electricity became available. Adjoining the rear of the building is a cast iron furnace, which has a brick-lined vertical steel flue. In and around the foundry is a palimpsest of equipment tools, patterns, manufactured objects and scrap".(ref 2)

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References:

1. Morawa District Historical Society (website).

2. Victorian Heritage Database, VHR Number H1877.

3. D Symons and C Fuller collections.

Golden City Spanners are rare. This blacksmith made one the only one we have seen to date - see below for details © D Symons

 

Golden City Bendigo Spanner supplied with their "One Way Disc Cultivator", seen at the Living Heritage Complex at Lockington © D Symons

 

Golden City One Way Disc Cultivator Parts List (date unknown). © D Symons

Golden City Scarifier (from the D Symons collection) © D Symons

Golden City Cast Iron Implement Seat Type 1b (note missing # 147) (from the C Fuller collection) © Ozwrenches

 

Golden City Cast Iron Implement Seat Type 2a (note border right around name & missing # 147) (from the C Fuller collection) © Ozwrenches

Golden City Cast Iron Implement Seat Type 2b has been reported (note border right around name & # 147) (mockup picture) © Ozwrenches

Golden City plough wheel marking same as on cast iron seats © Stephen King

 


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