Australian-made Workshop Fishing Reels, reference and History information presented to you by Bernard (Bernie) Ladd, 8/3/2016.

 

This segment covers an interesting era of fishing reels made at Government run and privately operated engineering workshops. The reels below are the examples of reels that were made by Engineers, Toolmakers and highly skilled Fitter & Turners, who in some circumstances were on emergency stand-by maintenance duties. Some of these skilled employees engaged during their spare time in hobby craft by producing their own much loved models of fishing reels. Crouch type reels, Blackfish reels, Fly reels, Game reels, Seamartin style reels and Fishing lures were often popular items created by these enthusiasts during the maintenance and production down-times. During those down-times a floor supervisor would approach an employee and say: “Work on your foreigner”. This was done to create an impression in the eyes of senior production managers that workers were busily engaged in company projects. Thus these workshop-made reels, or any other items made during these 'down-times' were known or referred to as “Foreigners”. Australian-made workshop fishing reels, along with other angling items, are very collectable.

 

It is also pertinent to state that especially during the war periods (i.e. WWI and WWII), due to war effort production, there were shortages of fishing items on the retail market. Hence these workshop practices were especially common during those turbulent times. Ladd B. 2007.

1- Vintage Brass fishing reel
2-Vintage Brass fishing reel
4-Vintage Brass fishing reel
3-Workshop brass fishing reel Bendigo.

Bendigo Vic, Ordnance factory brass workshop reel, modeled on the famous Crouch fly and general purpose multiplying revolving drum fishing reel -c.1940. Brass front plate diameter 3 1/2''; brass threaded removable knurled edge-sided back plate diameter 3 11/16''; brass drum (spool) width 1 1/4''; manganese bronze main gear (crouch made part); hardened steel pinion gear; hardened steel spindle;  brass saddle (foot); knurled brass drum (spool) brake knob; back plate finger drum aperture; brass counterbalanced handle; Gunmetal crank. Extremely rare!.

1-Vintage spinning reel Bendigo Workshop made
2-Vintage spinning reel Bendigo Workshop made
3-Vintage spinning reel Bendigo Workshop made
4-Vintage spinning reel Bendigo Workshop made

Bendigo Vic, Ordnance factory workshop thread line spinning reel -c 1940.  Gearing mechanism housing of brass; brass rotor; brass drum (spool) and brass drag knob. Rotor diameter 2 3/8''; gear housing length 2 7/8'', width 7/8''; horn handle; brass ambidextrous crank; bronze bearing bushes ; ball bearing rotor; steel main gear; bronze worm gear; steel cam driven brass leg, level line drum operation; auto half bail arm of nickle plated steel. Weight of reel 638 grams. Highly engineered -  possibly the first Australian factory made thread line spinning reel.  Very Rare.

1- Workshop blackfish reel
1- Workshop blackfish reel
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2- Workshop blackfish reel
2- Workshop blackfish reel
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3 - Workshop blackfish reel
3 - Workshop blackfish reel
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Workshop Blackfish reel. Australian red cedar & metal ball bearing -c. 1940. Found in Brisbane by Daniel White, who kindly offered this reel as a gift.

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Workshop reel modeled on the Crouch fly fishing; general purpose reel -c.1970. Maker John Bourke Toolmaker, Lakes Entrance, Vic.

1- D. Synan Sidecast Specs
1- D. Synan Sidecast Specs
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3- D. Synan SEC Workshop reel.
3- D. Synan SEC Workshop reel.
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Port Melbourne SEC workshop sidecast reel -c.1940s. Maker D. Synan, Brunswick, Vic. Found by Jim Kollmorgen Vic, who kindly offered this reel as a gift.

1-Vintage Workshop 4 1/2'' Nottingham reel
2-Vintage Workshop 4 1/2'' Nottingham reel

 Workshop aluminium and brass Nottingham reel -c.1940s. Alumiinium back plate diameter 4 1/2''; drum (spool) width 1 1/2''; sintered bronze sleeve bearing; hardened steel spindle; nickle plated brass saddle - V strap back; chrome plated brass handles.

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2-J Bourke oscillating guides.
2-J Bourke oscillating guides.
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3-John Bourke Seamartin reel
3-John Bourke Seamartin reel
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John Bourke designed & made Seamartin type workshop reel -c. 1970. A kind gift from John Bourke, retired Tool-maker, Lakes Entrance, Vic.

1-SEC Luderick Specifications.
1-SEC Luderick Specifications.
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Latrobe Valley SEC workshop Blackfish - Luderick reel -c.1960.

 Maker Nino Kurtz, retired Boilermaker, Metung, Vic.

BENDIGO ordnance workshop vintage fishin
BENDIGO ordnance workshop vintage fishin
BENDIGO ordnance workshop vintage fishin
BENDIGO ordnance workshop vintage fishin
BENDIGO ordnance workshop vintage fishin

Bendigo ordnance factory workshop Multiplying revolving drum reel -c 1940. Brass metal; ebonite handle knob; rear drag control drum

Workshop vintage side casting fishing re
Workshop vintage side casting fishing re
Workshop vintage side casting fishing re
Workshop vintage side casting fishing re

S E C  workshop side casting fishing reel  -c 1940.

1-Vintage Nottingham Workshop reel made in Australia
2-Vintage Nottingham Workshop reel made in Australia
4-Vintage Nottingham Workshop reel made in Australia
3-Vintage Nottingham Workshop reel made in Australia

Workshop Aluminium alloy and brass Nottingham fishing reel. Made in Victoria  -c 1940. Perforated aluminium alloy back plate diameter 4 1/4''; Perforated drum (spool) width 3 1/4''; mahogany wood arbor; drum (spool) tension nut of brass; brass line guide, brass optional check mechanism; Erinoid handles, brass screw fitment; Saddle (foot) and strap back of one piece brass.

1- Vintage Workshop fishing reel made in Australia
2-Vintage Workshop fishing reel made in Australia
3-Vintage Workshop fishing reel made in Australia

Workshop Aluminium alloy and brass Nottingham fishing reel modeled on the rare Pacific bakelite and brass semi-Y back reel . Made in Victoria  -c 1940. Aluminium alloy back plate diameter 3 7/8 ''; Perforated drum (spool) width 1''; drum (spool) tension nut of brass; brass sliding line guide, brass optional check mechanism; Erinoid handles supported by brass collets and screws; Saddle (foot) and semi- Y back support of one piece brass.

1- Vintage Nottingham workshop 4'' reel made in Australia
1-Vintage Nottingham workshop 4'' reel made in Australia
2-Vintage Nottingham workshop 4'' reel made in Australia

Workshop Aluminium alloy and brass Nottingham fishing reel modeled on the rare Pacific bakelite and brass reel . Made in Victoria  -c 1940. Aluminium alloy back plate diameter 4'' ; Perforated drum (spool) width 1''; drum (spool) tension nut of brass; brass sliding line guide; brass Lever, optional check mechanism; Erinoid handles supported by brass collets and screws; Saddle (foot) and back strap support of pressed brass.

1-Vintage Workshop direct wind fishing reel, made in Australia
2-Vintage Workshop direct wind fishing reel, made in Australia
1-Vintage Workshop direct wind fishing reel, made in Australia

S E C Latrobe Valley Vic Workshop Aluminium alloy and brass direct wind fishing reel. -c 1940. Aluminium alloy back plate diameter 2 7/8 ''; drum (spool) width 1 1/2 ''; brass optional check mechanism; Wooden handle supported by brass collet and screw; Saddle (foot) of one piece brass; frame cross bars also of brass. Found by Frank Jones, Sale Vic, who kindly offered this reel as a gift.

1- Vintage Workshop reel Surfmaster
2-Vintage Workshop reel Surfmaster
3-Vintage Workshop reel Surfmaster

 Workshop made aluminium and brass multiplying fishing reel modeled on the Surfmaster overhead reel -c. 1940

1- Vintage Multiplying Worshop made fishing reel
2-Vintage Multiplying Worshop made fishing reel

Workshop made aluminium, brass and Linen Bakelite multiplying overhead fishing reel -c. 1930. Linen Bakelite side plate diameter 2 1/2''; Aluminium drum (spool) width 2''; brass anti-reverse - optional check lever; knurled brass free spool knob; Linen bakelite hadle, brass screw supported; brass frame cross bars (posts). Rare

1- Vintage Game reel ball bearing made in Australia
2-Vintage Game reel ball bearing made in Australia

Workshop made aluminium and brass Nottingham Game reel. Cast aluminium ventilated back plate diameter 5 7/8''; ventilated drum (spool) width 1 7/8''; cone adjustable ball bearings; bronze bearing service cap; bulbous horn handles supported by brass screws-c. 1940. Rare.

1- Vintage game reel workshop made in Australia
2-Vintage Workshop game fishing reel

Workshop made aluminium and bronze direct wind Game reel. Aluminium side diameter 5''; drum (spool) width 3 ''; spindle supported ball bearings; frame cross bars and saddle of aluminium;  aluminium drag wheel; counterbalanced bronze crank; erinoid bulbous handle brass screw supported.

-c. 1940. Rare.

1- Vintage Game fishing reel
2-Workshop Game fishing reel made in Australia

S E C Latrobe Valley Vic Workshop made aluminium and stainless steel multiplying Game fishing reel.  Aluminium side plate diameter 4 3/4''; body width 4''; Aluminium drum (spool) width 2 3/4''; wood torpedo handle; spindle supported ball bearings; aluminum star drag wheel; stainless steel crank; stainless steel frame cross bars. aluminium saddle (foot) -c. 1960.

1- Yallourn SEC 5'' game reel
1- Yallourn SEC 5'' game reel

A unique high quality game fishing reel designed and made by Engineer/ Toolmakers from the Latrobe Valley, SEC workshops, Vic, Australia - Extermely Rare

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2 - Yallourn SEC 5'' game reel
2 - Yallourn SEC 5'' game reel
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3 - Yallourn SEC 5'' game reel
3 - Yallourn SEC 5'' game reel
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S E C Latrobe Valley, Yallourn Vic, workshop 5'' size multiplying game reel. Aluminium alloy, turned body and drum (spool) ; milled aluminium saddle. Diameter 5''; width 5 7/16'' ; drum (Spool) width 4 5/8'' ; fixed Anti - reverse; Aviation grade ball bearings. aluminium crank and handle, stainless steel counterweight; unique rear back ventilated drum disc drag and brake; multiplying action ratio 2 : 1. -c. 1950. Rare.

1- Yallourn multiplier game
1- Yallourn multiplier game
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2- Yallourn multiplier game
2- Yallourn multiplier game
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3- Yallourn multiplier game
3- Yallourn multiplier game
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S E C Latrobe Valley, Yallourn, Vic, workshop 5'' size multiplying game reel. Aluminium alloy and stainless steel construction. Diameter 4 3/4'', overall body width 4'', drum (spool) width 2 3/4''; stainless steel free spool lever; knurled Stainless Steel cam optional check; Swirl linish finish to stainless steel side plates and crank; milled aluminium saddle; Gold colour finish ; star wheel drag - clutch configuration; ball bearings; composite handle- knob; multiplying action ratio 2:1; weight 4 lb 4 oz. -c.1960. Rare.

1- Vintage Brass & metal centre pin fishing reel
2-Vintage Brass & metal centre pin workshop fishing reel
3-Workshop reel centre pin made in Australia

Workshop Aluminium alloy and brass centre-pin release latch fishing reel made in Australia. Aluminium alloy back plate diameter 3 7/8'' ; aluminium drum (spool) width 1 1/4''brass hexagonal knob, optional check mechanism; aluminium handles supported by brass collets and screws; brass saddle (foot) rim edge mounted. Weight of reel 396 grams -c. 1930. Rare.

1- Vintage Nottingham ball bearing fishing reel
3-Vintage Nottingham ball bearing fishing reel
2- Vintage Nottingham ball bearing fishing reel

Workshop Aluminium alloy and brass ball bearing Nottingham fishing reel made in Australia. Aluminium alloy back plate diameter 4 1/8'' ; aluminium drum (spool) width 1 ''; back plate and saddle of one piece cast aluminium; ball bearings spindle supported; brass front bearing cover service plate;  ebonite handles supported by brass diamond shaped collets. Weight of reel 272 grams -c. 1930. Rare.

1- Vintage Nottingham fishing reel
2-Vintage Nottingham fishing reel
3-Vintage Nottingham fishing reel internal view
4-Vintage Nottingham fishing reel

Workshop Aluminium alloy and brass Nottingham fishing reel made in Australia. Aluminium alloy back plate diameter 4 3/16'' ; aluminium drum (spool) width 1 1/4 ''; brass slotted drum screw; back plate and saddle of one piece cast aluminium; sintered bronze sleeve bearing; erinoid handles supported by brass screws. Weight of reel 364grams -c. 1940. Rare.

1-Vintage Ball bearing Fly fishing reel
2-Vintage Ball bearing Fly fishing reel

 Workshop S E C Vic, Aluminium alloy and brass ball bearing fly fishing reel . Aluminium back diameter 3 1/2''; perforated drum (spool) width 3/4''; spindle supported ball bearing races; aluminium handle brass screw and collet supported; brass optional check button; brass saddle (foot).  -c 1940. Rare.

1-Game fishing reel specifications, maker John Bourke Australia
3-Game fishing reel maker John Bourke Australia
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5-Game fishing reel maker John Bourke Australia
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Bourke Big Game Fishing reel maker John Bourke pictured with his J. W. Bourke Game reel.

Workshop Latrobe Valley, Yallourn, Vic, John Bourke designed and made  5'' size multiplying game reel.

Machined from solid aluminium alloy bar. Side plate Diameter 4 1/2 ''; Spool width 3'', overall side- plate frame width 4 9/16''; main spindle supported by front and rear ball bearing races; Needle roller bearing crank spindle; stainless steel lever cam operated 3'' dual disc drag-brake system ; 2 : 1 gear ratio. Engraved J. W. Bourke on back plate.  Only 6 made -c.1973 Very rare.

John Bourke, retired Tool Maker and a well known fishing guru from Lakes Entrance, Victoria. Presenting here his Bourke  Aluminium Alloy Game reel.

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