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Technology in Australia 1788-1988Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering
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Chapter 12

I The First Half Century - The Initial Struggle

II The Second Fifty Years - The Start Of Expansion

III The Third Fifty Years - Federation And The First World War
i General Conditions
ii Some Early Innovative Approaches
iii Concrete Pipes
iv Cement-fibre Pipes
v Concrete Products
vi The Birth of the Iron and Steel Industry

IV The Fourth Period - Second World War To The Present



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Steel associated industries (continued)

The company Howard Smith and Co. Ltd. acquired a large share holding in 1917 and finally gained complete control in 1964.

Lane Engineering first came to Newcastle in 1919 when a manufacturing plant was established to produce rabbit traps which had previously been imported from the UK plant of Henry Lane Ltd. Rabbit control on the land had been badly neglected during the war so that, at its end, the demand for rabbit traps was so great that Henry Lane decided to move its entire wire spring trap production to Australia. Before long the factory had expanded to produce the second commodity for which the Company became so well known, the can opener. Both products continue to be made to this day. Within twenty years, Lane was producing castors, hinges and architectural hardware using zinc die casting, press metal forming, metal cleaning and polishing as well as having extensive electroplating facilities including one of the largest automatic zinc lines in the Southern Hemisphere. They have introduced modern technology including electrostatic wet and powder painting and progressive lockmaking facilities. They produce around 500 locksets per day for General Motors Holden.

Organisations in Australian Science at Work - Henry Lane Ltd; Howard Smith and Co. Ltd; Lane Engineering; Vickers Commonwealth Steel Co. Ltd

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