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Reproduced courtesy of TrygveJackson and Marilyn Peters

Model of Halvorsen-built motor cruiser

Date: 1930s
Overall: 430 x 1110 x 290 mm, 7000 g
Other (stand): 860 g
Medium: Wood, canvas, brass, paint
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from the Estate of Laurence Henry Jackson
Object Copyright: © TrygveJackson and Marilyn Peters
Object Name: Model
Object No: 00047708
Place Manufactured:Sydney

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    Henry Jackson worked for Lars Halvorsen Sons Pty Ltd during World War II and was responsible for managing the painters at the boatyards. After 1945 he returned to his trade of french polishing. His association with the Halvorsen family brought him into contact with a variety of Halvorsen-built workboats and recreational craft including the classic wooden motor launches. This wooden model reflects the classic Halvorsen style of elegant lines, flared bow and white raised deck hull contrasted with varnished cabins sides and trim. It was restored in 2004 by the model maker's son Laurie Jackson (1937-) who worked for Lars Halvorsen Son's Pty Ltd in the mid 1970s.
    HistoryDuring World War II Lars Halvorsen Sons Pty Ltd pioneered mass production at their Ryde boatyard to fill Australian Defence Department contracts. At the peak of production the Halvorsen workforce grew to over three hundred and fifty. Of these only ten were trained shipwrights. The rest were master builders, carpenters and painters employed under the government's Dilution scheme of Labour. Harry Jackson was one of these 'dilute' workers.

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