180 Years of the Development of Wire Strainers


Thursday 21 March 2019, 5:30pm – 7pm
History House, 133 Macquarie Street, Sydney NSW 2000

The Royal Australian Historical Society in conjunction with the Australian Society for History of Engineering and Technology (ASHET) presents – Technology & Engineering at the Grass Roots: 180 Years of the Development of Wire Strainers

Wire strainers are more than just simple farm tools. They must combine several elements: a grip to hold the wire being tensioned, a mechanism to pull the wire up to the required tension, and some way of holding the wire while it is joined or tied off. And as the technology of wire changed from iron to steel, and then high tensile steel – inventors patented their solution to the problems of straining fences. This talk, illustrated with both images and a range of historical strainers, outlines the history of the technology and engineering of strainers.

About the speaker: Dr John Pickard has studied rural fences since the early 1990s, and has published numerous papers on the history of fencing, and its precursor, shepherding, culminating in a PhD in 2010. He is currently revising his 2009 Illustrated glossary of Australian rural fences which has morphed into an Encyclopaedia of Australian rural fences.

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