Australian made Workshop Fishing Reels, reference information 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”.
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.
Australian red cedar & metal ball bearing workshop Blackfish reel -c. 1940s. Found in Brisbane by Daniel White, who kindly donated the reel for reference.
Workshop Crouch type fly fishing & general purpose reel -c.1970. Maker John Bourke, Lakes Entrance, Vic, who kindly donated the reel for reference.
Port Melbourne SEC workshop sidecast reel -c.1940s. Maker D. Synan, Brunswick, Vic. Found by Jim Kollmorgen, Vic, who kindly donated the reel.
Early Latrobe Valley SEC aluminium & brass workshop fly reel -c. 1930s. Found by Frank Jones, Sale Vic, who kindly donated the reel for reference.
John Bourke designed & made Seamartin type workshop reel -c. 1970. A kind gift from John Bourke, retired Tool-maker, Lakes Entrance, Vic.
Latrobe Valley SEC workshop Luderick reel, maker Nino Kurtz -c.1956. A kind gift from Nino Kurtz, retired Boilermaker, Metung, Vic.
Bendigo ordnance factory workshop Multiplying revolving drum reel -c 1940. Brass metal; ebonite handle knob; rear drag control drum
S E C workshop side casting fishing reel -c 1940.
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