Wain & Hyland, Wain & Son a short Company History.
Chiltern Federal Standard, April 11, 1939
Thomas Wain, obituary
One of Chiltern's oldest and most esteemed citizens, in the person of
Thomas Wain, JP, died at his residence in Albert Road on Saturday night
at about 11pm at the age of 80. Some two and a half years ago Mr Wain
took a heart turn, but he recovered, only to have the turns recur at frequent
intervals. Twelve months ago he developed another ailment, and a few weeks
ago took to his bed to eventually sink into a state of coma and pass away
The deceased was the eldest son of the late Thomas and Jane Wain and was
born in Beechworth. In 1862, at the age of three years he came to Chiltern
with his parents, which was three years after the discovery of gold in
the district. His father was then a carrier.
Starting school at a private class, he later went to the state school,
when the state education system came into vogue. This school was under
the headmastership of the late T.S. Marshall.
Upon leaving school he became apprenticed to the late James Moore, who
had a thriving firm here in Chiltern in the early days. After serving
his term as a blacksmith he went to Albury and was employed by the Lampitts,
who had a foundry business, and it was he who made the spiked iron gates
and fences at the courthouse and offices in Dean Street, Albury, as well
as the iron gates at Mates old store in Townsend Street.
Eventually he migrated to Sydney, where he was employed by Triggs and
Mair, and while there received word that he could acquire the business
of James Moore and Son, then in the hands of James Moor Jnr, at Conness
After putting the proposition to Mr John Hyland, who was also working
in Sydney, the two young men entered into a partnership under the style
of Wain and Hyland in the year 1884, and assumed control of the large
business at which they had both worked as apprentices.
Later the business took over the firm of the late D.J. Miller, wheelwright
and coach builder. The firm flourished and became famous as the manufacturer
of ploughs and vineyard implements, for which it won prizes in district
Mr Wain's services were greatly sought after, especially by mining companies,
and eventually the firm manufactured machinery for the big mines when
the industry was at its zenith in the district.
The business was noted for its boring and had large contracts for putting
down bores at the deep alluvial mines.
The partnership continued until 1921, when Mr Hyland retired from
it and Mr Wain took into partnership his son Leslie. Some years
ago he purchased Chiltern Motor Works, which had been established by Mr
King, and he took another of his sons, Alexander, an engineer, into the
partnership. Eventually he disposed of that business to Faller and Bogetti.
About 18 months ago he retired from business owing to ill health,
and the plant was handed over to his son, Leslie, who now carries on.(c1937)
When a youth, Mr Wain was a member of the then-famous Chiltern Volunteer
Fire Brigade, when it was at its height and under the captaincy of the
late T.S. Marshall and H. Carter, and was a member of its many competing
He took a great interest in politics, and was an ardent free trader and
an authority on rail freight anomalies, and could quote figures showing
how the charges acted against country interests and industries.
As a citizen, Mr Wain took a keen interest in everything promoting the
welfare of Chiltern, but never sought public eminence, although at times
he was induced to.
He speculated, and was a shareholder in a number of mining companies,
as well as a director of several cooperative ventures.
He was a prominent member of the defunct Chiltern, Barnawartha and Indigo
Agricultural Shows, and for many years had been a Justice of the Peace.
The deceased, who had resided in Chiltern practically all of his life,
was a clever and well-read man, conversant with local and world affairs,
and had a large circle of friends, who always found him the best of company.
His reminiscences of the early days of Chiltern were a highlight of entertainment.
The late Mr Wain married at Beechworth to a daughter of the late James
Lynch, who was a sergeant in charge of the Chiltern Police Station at
the time of the Kelly Gang.
Besides a sorrowing widow he leaves a family of eight children: six sons
and two daughters. Elizabeth (Chiltern), Alexander (Melbourne), Richard
(Newcastle), Leslie (Chiltern), Harold (Melbourne), Mary (Mrs Matthewson,
Koromburra), Horace (Wagga), to mourn their loss. Another son, Thomas,
the eldest, died many years ago. One of the deceased's sons, Leslie, served
with the Australian forces in the Great War.
The funeral moved from the residence on Saturday afternoon for the Chiltern
New Cemetery, the cortege being a lengthy one, and showing the popularity
of the departed, every part of the district being represented.
The Rev J. Lawless (Roman Catholic) read the burial service. The casket
was carried by four returned soldiers: Messrs I. Smith, R. Wiseman, P.
Hitch and A. Cooper. The pall bearers were Crs C.D. Martin, shire president,
and C.A. Oates, and Messrs E.A. Plastow, E. Bloom and R. Scott.
Messrs Lefoe and Todd carried out the mortuary arrangements.
Thomas was apprenticed as a blacksmith to the large business of James
Moore in Chiltern. Later he moved to Albury, then Sydney, before returning
to Chiltern to buy the Moore business in partnership with John Hyland
on the retirement of James Moor. The business took over D.J. Muller's
wheelwright and coach works, and later Chiltern Motor Works from Mr King
in about 1926. After the retirement of John Hyland, Thomas Wain took his
sons Leslie and Alexander into the business with him.
He employed Bill Faller as a mechanic. Mr Wain sold the business in April
or May 1930. The business then became known as Faller and Bogetti. Mr
Faller retired about 1956 and died soon after. At the time the business
closed, Kevin Wain, son of Leslie, was working for Mr Faller.
Hyland and Wain manufactured equipment for the mines in the region, as
well as ploughs and other machinery. Thomas Wain was an expert at sinking
Source: Much of the Wain family history information is from a Wain
family tree created by Eunice McGlynn and Beverley Wain around 1986.
Thanks to the staff at the Athaeneum Museum in Chiltern in Victoria
for sharing information and giving permission to use some of their material
on this website.
Hyland spanners and Wain & Son spanners are rare. To date only 3 examples
have come to our attention - see all below.