Historical information

The Bar Lock typewriter is a patented design by the inventor and lawyer Charles Spiro in 1888. The keys are easily recognised and well spaced.


Used by the typists working in the office for the State Electricity Commission of Victoria during the construction of the Kiewa Hydro Electric Scheme

Physical description

Large, heavy black typewriter with white letters on the keys. Green matt finish with gold printing. c 1921 Model 22?

Inscriptions & markings

Bar-Lock / Manufactured by / Bar-Lock Typewriter Co. Nottingham England/Supplied by / Richard Williams Pty Ltd. 193/197 King St. Melbourne
At the back in gold print: "Serial / Number' rest too hard to read.