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Clyde Engineering of Granville in Sydney
Advertising for a Clyde Plough in Feb 15, 1911 Pastoralists' Review
Advertising for Ritchie Bros of Auburn plows and scoops in Feb 15, 1911 Pastoralists' Review
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Hudson Brothers, Ritchie Brothers and Clyde Engineering
Hudson Bros Maker Plate image © Steve Bower Hudson Brothers and Clyde Engineering
- 1846 William Henry Hudson
with family arrives from New Zealand, Hudson works at various joinery
works in and around Sydney
Some Clyde Engineering Locomotive
In the 1860s Ritchie moved to George Street, Parramatta. In 1876 he contracted to supply the government with 150 railway trucks worth £70 each and next year successfully tendered for the construction of first-class carriages. In 1879 he opened a branch works at Wickham near Newcastle. By June 1880 Ritchie employed sixty men and was one of the biggest contractors for government rolling stock: his works could make 200-300 railway wagons a year and produced 300 ploughs and a wide variety of general engineering and smithing annually. Ritchie's valuable railway contracts continued and in 1883 he merged with Hudson Bros, becoming managing director of their Clyde works. In 1884 he retired from the firm and became a director of Mason Bros Ltd, merchants and importers, of Kent Street, Sydney.
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References: A.F.U.L.E. Webpage
"Their Work was Australian - The story of the Hudson Family" by Bobbie Hardy 1970.
About Robert Ritchie - Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 6, Melbourne University Press, 1976, p. 32.
Cast Iron Spanner marked "Hudson Bros Ltd /
Clyde 13" This spanner must predate the closing of Hudson Bros
& Co in 1898.
Two Cast Iron spanners marked Hudson Bros & Hudson, the obverse marked Clyde 13 and Clyde VY 23
Cast Iron Spanner marked "The Clyde Eng'ng Coy Ltd / N.S.W. 13" this spanner must date sometime after Clyde Engineering came into being some time after late 1898"
Cast Iron Spanner marked "Clyde / NSW XXL7" - what do the letters XXL7 mean? © D Symons
Malleable Iron Spanner Marked "Clyde / B43"
Malleable Iron Spanner marked "C. W. 24" -
pictured here because of its similarity to other Clyde spanners - no
evidence that it is by Clyde it could also
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