Australian wire strainers | Paperback edition

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The first Australian guide to an essential fencing tool: the wire strainer.

This comprehensive, lavishly illustrated new book provides basic information on wire strainers exhibited, advertised, sold or manufactured in Australia from the first eye bolts and straining machines in the 1850s to the 2020s.

More than 270 strainers are listed from Acme Wire Strainer to Zim's Duplex Wire Strainer via the celebrated Donald, Hayes and Walker's strainers, and many others that flourished briefly but fell by the wayside.

Most are illustrated with modern images, advertisements or patent diagrams.

Other details include inventors and their patents, and when and where the strainers were exhibited at shows and advertised in newspapers.

This encyclopaedic book is an essential reference for collectors of Australian rural tools, curators of local museums, farmers, local historians, historians of land settlement, agriculture and technological development, and heritage professionals.

John Pickard (2022) Australian wire strainers. Australian Fence Publishing, Asquith. vii, 341 pages: colour illustrations; 15 x 23 cm.