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Friends of Kurth Kiln Worri Yallock, Victoria

A group of volunteers under the auspices of Parks Victoria, caring for our environment and promoting greater public awareness of the cultural heritage of Kurth Kiln and its significance in Australian history

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Computer Catalogue of Portable Cultural Artefacts found on site at the Kurth Kiln Heritage Site.

Alfred 22 May 2016 12:45 PM

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Hatchet

Friends of Kurth Kiln, Worri Yallock

Specifically shaped hatchet with downward pointed blade and stubby short wooden handle

Inscriptions & Markings

231 SCOTT Trojan

Cheney Gas Producer

Friends of Kurth Kiln, Worri Yallock

The Gas Producer is fitted with hinged mountings for attachment to the rear of a vehicle. Its central oval hopper is flanged by two round containers interconnected with 50mm tubing

Inscriptions & Markings

A faded brass nameplate identifies the unit as a Cheney - Pederick make

Assembly

Friends of Kurth Kiln, Worri Yallock

A 10cm round cylinder of wood on a 1.2cm round steel shaft, shaped into a 15 x 15cm crank handle. Both ends of the wood are banded with 2.5cm flat steel, fastened with bullet head nails

Scraper

Friends of Kurth Kiln, Worri Yallock

Formed Steel Rake or Scraper, a half-round steel plate rivetted to a short shaped steel arm. Rounded side of steel plate is ground to an edge

Historical information

perhaps used to rake out chacoal from kiln

sheep shears

Friends of Kurth Kiln, Worri Yallock

Manufactured rusty metal cutting blades attached to metal handle

Historical information

Amongst Kurth Kiln Cultral Heritage Artifacts assumed left after the Foresty Commission moved from Kurth Kiln to Kalista

Significance

Low

Inscriptions & Markings

No physical markings

Trolley Wheel

Friends of Kurth Kiln, Worri Yallock

20cm dia Cast Iron Trolley Wheel with 4 ribbed spokes. The rim of the wheel is slightly rounded. Axle hole is 2cm dia.

Pederic Gas Producer

Friends of Kurth Kiln, Worri Yallock

A Gas Producer Unit that converted charcoal into a gas suitable for the combustion engine. Used on motor vehicles during WWII petrol rationing restrictions. It consists of a hopper to hold the charcoal and a firebox to generate the gas

Historical information

The Unit was picked up from a paddock on a farm in Bagshot, near Bendigo. It was donated to the Friends of Kurth Kiln Heritage Collection by the Family of Cyril H Peatling on 23 December 2006.

Significance

Gas Producer Units are of significance to Kurth Kiln because they demonstrate the enduse of the charcoal that was created at Kurth Kiln. Considerable documentation has been made available to us on its history, including a picture of the truck is was mounted on.

Inscriptions & Markings

Nameplate missing

Spanner

Friends of Kurth Kiln, Worri Yallock

Heavy duty hex wheel wrench, losely tied to a piece of flat steel with several turns of steel wire (perhaps for strengthening). Handle Offset 22cm deep by 14cm wide. Flat steel base is warped and has three holes

Assembly

Friends of Kurth Kiln, Worri Yallock

A cylinder of wood fitted on a 1" waterpipe, secured by an elbow and a 1" locknut. A 10cl long piece of pipe is fitted on the other side of the elbow. The assembly could be part of the kiln water-cooling system

Historical information

Kurth's kiln used creek water in a series of waterpipes to cool the charcoal below the flash point for extraction during the charing process

Blacksmith Tongs

Friends of Kurth Kiln, Worri Yallock

Blacksmith Tongs, 51cm long, jaws 8cm by 2cm. Diameter of handles 1.2cm. Handles badly bent and rusted.

Historical information

Dates to the charcoal making period in the 1940s

Jinker Jack - Jack for changing wheels on light horse-drawn wagons. Contoured lever handle with holding ratchet

Friends of Kurth Kiln, Worri Yallock

Jack for changing wheels on light horse-drawn wagons. Contoured Lever Handle with holding Ratchet

Electrolux Gas Producer Unit

Friends of Kurth Kiln, Worri Yallock

This Gas Producer Unit is in reasonable condition, with apparently all doors and fittings intact. The central oval shaped hopper is flanged by round and regular containers, interconnected with a series of pipes. Obviously a professionally made item, with signs of the original paintwork still visible.

Historical information

This Unit was donated to us by the Falla Family of Donald, and picked up from the farm on 22 February 2007.

Significance

The unit being in reasonable condition would almost lend itself to reconditioning for use.

Inscriptions & Markings

A brass nameplate states the make as Electrolux

Tusons Gas Producer Unit

Friends of Kurth Kiln, Worri Yallock

A commercially made cast iron unit with a solid round hopper/boiler on a steelframe base. It has a pressure-cooker lid and a car type radiator. Solid built, but rust affected in parts

Historical information

In conversation with Mr Tibbett we found out that he obtained this particular unit at an auction in Sydney and brought it home with the intention of one day getting it going again. 'One day' never seemed to come, so he decided to let us have it for our display, rather than jjust collecting dust in his shed.

Significance

This unit is again of a different manufacturer and construction, highlighting the versatile nature of charcoal producer gas and its applications.

Inscriptions & Markings

Make: Tysons Cross Draught Model: Official 30hp Heavy Duty Serial: 1368

Ratchet Assembly

Friends of Kurth Kiln, Worri Yallock

Ratchet Assembly on a flat surface cast bearing; one side broken off. 10cm dia ratchet wheel held in position by a locating pin. Captive handle 1.2cm round steel 35cm long. A 15cm piece of chain is attached to the shaft.

Winch

Friends of Kurth Kiln, Worri Yallock

Steel Rope Winch with Ratchet wheel. Cable Drum contains ~6m of 10mm dia wire rope.

Inscriptions & Markings

Lettering on Gear Wheel - DAWN MFG CO - 2 TON AUSTRALIA

Spring

Friends of Kurth Kiln, Worri Yallock

Steel Coil Tension Spring 26cm long. 5cm diameter made with 6mm dia round steel. Around loop at each end in the same plane provides for hooking onto equipment

Historical information

Machinery Part

Stone Column

Friends of Kurth Kiln, Worri Yallock

Stranger Stone (Concrete?) Column, cone shaped with hollow cavity in bottom7cmwide by 23cm deep. Two mounting holes in rim of base 2.5cm dia x 23cm deep. Undetermined use.

Chain Link

Friends of Kurth Kiln, Worri Yallock

Teardop shape steel ring with end squared and bent at right angle for 6cm. Possible chainlink or attachment to plant machinery

Logging Chain

Friends of Kurth Kiln, Worri Yallock

Two 80cm sections of heavy 12 link steel chain joined in a heavy 15cm dia ring. Each link is 10cm long and 7cm wide, made from 2.2cm dia steel.

Chisel Tool

Friends of Kurth Kiln, Worri Yallock

Chisel shaped tool for a machine with a 3.5cm hole at one end. 3cm thick and 6cm wide at the thick end. Could be part of a slasher or hammermill

Historical information

found amongst the tools at Kurth Kiln

Significance

Part of wood harvesting machinery

Trevellar Jack

Friends of Kurth Kiln, Worri Yallock

Heavy duty Trevalli type Ratchet Jack. Used in the Rural / Timber Industry for felling trees and handling large logs. Steel operating handle has 2.5cm square socket

Solomano Gas Producer Unit

Friends of Kurth Kiln, Worri Yallock

This Gas Producer unit is obviously a home made construction for a specific application. Absence of any air-cooling facilities suggests these may have been fitted separately inside the engine compartment.

Historical information

Les Solomano tells us this unit was made by their cousin Frank Solomano and mounted on the passenger side running board of his A Model Ford, Spare bads of charcoal were tied to the rear door, so passengers had to get in and out through the driver side doors.

Significance

It is the smallest Gas Producer unit we have seen

Inscriptions & Markings

No specific marlings

Pulley Wheel

Friends of Kurth Kiln, Worri Yallock

V Pulley Wheel 10cm diameter by 4cm wide, on a right angle steel shaft cirved and hooked for hanging. Bearing seized up

Historical information

found a Kurth Kiln amongst the charcoal making equipment

Fitting

Friends of Kurth Kiln, Worri Yallock

Heavy Cast Steel Fitting for earth moving equipment. V shaped with sharpened edges, 2cm square holes for attachment to Machine. Red paint finish

Clamp

Friends of Kurth Kiln, Worri Yallock

Purpose made Steel Clamp for attachment to to round shaft up to 5cm. Threaded section with "T" bar for tightening: Height 16cm Width 11cm, Depth 5cm Dia of shaft 3.5cm Thickness 1.8cm Plain steel, badly rusted, thread seized up

Historical information

Part of Tools used for making charcoal during WWII

Inscriptions & Markings

Nil

Chain Dog

Friends of Kurth Kiln, Worri Yallock

Logging Chain Dog. Lever type latch for tightening large chains. It has two hooks and two links

Gas Producer from Talbot

Friends of Kurth Kiln, Worri Yallock

This Gas Producer unit appears to be home-made mild steel construction for a specific purpose. The assembly sits on a welded frame, the hopoper on one side, the filter drum on the other and the radiator in between.

Historical information

According to Les Solomano this unitoriginally belonged to the Hendricks brothers of Talbot. It was mounted on the front bumper of their 6 ton truck used for general cartage.

Significance

The Unit shows the wide range of Gas Producers constructed during the war years to drive with charcoal fuel.

Inscriptions & Markings

there are no specific markings visible

Belt Pulley

Friends of Kurth Kiln, Worri Yallock

Flat Belt Pulley, with 5cm bore, key slot and locating screw. 4 spokes to wheel, 1cm hole in rim of pulley and balancing weight inside of rim

Bracket

Friends of Kurth Kiln, Worri Yallock

Special shape bracket,made from 100cm x 50cm x 6mm channel steel 59cm long, bent at 80* in middle and welded crossplate sections. 4 x 25mm holes one arm.

Wooden Box

Friends of Kurth Kiln, Worri Yallock

Rectangular Wooden Box made from 3plywood with reinforced corners and wire banding. Open at the top

Inscriptions & Markings

Forest Comm. Victoria / Forest Officer T Wescott / Kallista / via / FernTree Gully / Rly Station

Railway Track

Friends of Kurth Kiln, Worri Yallock

Section of Narrow Gauge Railway Track. Two standard spaced section joining holes at one end of the Rail

Water Pump

Friends of Kurth Kiln, Worri Yallock

Hand operated Water Pump on a wooden base. The pressure vessel is painted red. Handle is missing. This type of constant flow pump was known as a Billabong Pump

Heritage Article - Kurth Kiln

Friends of Kurth Kiln, Worri Yallock

Two Page Article in the publication "Victoria's Heritage" by Mary Ryllis Clark

Historical information

The authors personal experiences visiting Kurth Kiln

Significance

Kurth Kiln at the time the Friends of Kurth Kiln were formed

Inscriptions & Markings

Copy shaded pink

Photograph of Red Letter Box

Friends of Kurth Kiln, Worri Yallock

Black and White Picture of the original Beenak Post Office Letter Box, used for collecting mail during the Beenak Sawmilling operations. The Friends of Kurth Kiln have errected a Commemorative Plaque on site next to the huge gum tree that still carries the scar where the the mail box had been mounted.

Historical information

Although the Beenak Post Office officially closed on 31 August 1951, the Mail Box continued to be used until 1976.

Significance

The history of Beenak (the town that never was) is part of the Yarra Valley Ranges, and this picture tells the story of the historic Mailbox

Inscriptions & Markings

A full scale replica of the box has been fitted to the shed at Kurth Kiln, made and painted by Henk Bouck under the supervision of ex PMG officer John Waghorn

Tree Puller

Friends of Kurth Kiln, Worri Yallock

Winch Tool to pull tree stumps. Steel frame, two steel wheels, a cable drum and a large steel handle. Handle fits on square shaft of drum and ratchet arrangement

Pulley

Friends of Kurth Kiln, Worri Yallock

Heavy Duty Rope Pulley with a Ring Connection at the Top.

Inscriptions & Markings

Inscription: TREVOR 14" BULLY

Shackle

Friends of Kurth Kiln, Worri Yallock

Heavy Steel Shackle made from 3cm round steel. 10cm internal depth and 3cm clearance. 3cm threaded bolt with square head. Short section of torn 1.5cm wire rope still attached

Axle

Friends of Kurth Kiln, Worri Yallock

Small Trolley Axle with centre pivot, 32cm long, 4cm wide and 1cm thick. Axle bearings are formed 1.5cm diameter. Captive centre pin 14cm long, 1.5cm diameter.

Rake

Friends of Kurth Kiln, Worri Yallock

Heavy Duty Rake, with attachment to 2.5cm waterpipe fitting. 8 steel prongs are fitted with a flat steel scraper (50 x 8cm x 3mm) at the end, held in place with two steel clamps and two hex bolts and nut each