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Brace and auger used by Lars Halvorsen Sons

Date: 1920s
Display Dimensions (Showcase): 90 x 700 x 800 mm, 4 kg (8.82 lb.)
50 x 850 x 275 mm
Medium: Metal
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from Carl Halvorsen
Classification:Tools and equipment
Object Name: Brace and auger
Object No: 00029677

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    This iron brace and auger were originally used by Lars Halvorsen in Norway for making holes in wooden fastenings, known as treenails, for large ships. The auger is two-handled at one end, for use by a single person, while the opposite end is cork-screwed.

    Traditional shipwright’s tools were expensive and difficult to replace. This meant that tools such as this brace and auger were used by several generations of the Halvorsen family.
    SignificanceUsed for both boat building and restoration, the tools are an important record of the work of shipwrights in the early 20th century. They were owned by Lars Halvorsen, a Norwegian immigrant who established a family boat building business in Australia in the late 1920s.
    HistoryA brace is a hand tool used to drill holes, usually in wood. Pressure is applied to the top and the tool is rotated with a 'u' shaped crankshaft grip. An auger is a drill bit device that moves material along the axis of rotation.

    In 1925 the Norwegian born Lars Halvorsen began working from a small rented boat shed in Drummoyne with his eldest son Harold. Needing larger premises, they moved the fledgling business to a boat shed at Careening Cove, and in 1927 to Lloyds yard on the site of Ben Boy's wool store at Neutral Bay.

    Continuing a family tradition, Lars Halvorsen trained his sons to be shipwrights from the age of fourteen. Following this apprenticeship the sons progressively joined the company; Carl in 1927, Bjarne in 1930, Magnus in 1932, and Trygve in 1934. His daughter Elnor joined in 1928, working with her mother Bergithe and the youngest daughter Margit, who worked as the secretary from 1939. Following the death of Lars Halvorsen in 1936, Lars Halvorsen Sons Pty Ltd was formed with Harold as Chairman Managing Director and principle designer, and Carl as Sales Director.

    Lars Halvorsen Sons Pty Ltd purchased a waterside property with five acres at Waterview St, Ryde, and production moved from the Neutral Bay boatshed, which was retained as a service branch, to the new boatshed in 1940. The Ryde facility was the largest in the southern hemisphere, with an engineering section, blacksmith and lumber shops, stores, machine shop, plumbers shop, sheet metal shop, fueling facilities, five slip-ways for craft up to 90 feet and 100 tones, a three tone crane and an electric oxy-acetylene welding plant.

    During the Second World War owners of boats over 40 feet in length were asked to hand over their vessels over for the war effort. At the Ryde boatyard these civilian boats were refitted for military use. Boats built by Lars Halvorsen Sons were also deployed by the Australian, United States and Dutch forces during the war. The momentum of this war time production continued into the 1950s with the manufacture of cruisers and the subsequent establishment of the large hire fleet at Bobbin Head in the late 1940s and early 1950s.

    From 1926 to 1976 the Halvorsens built 1,299 vessels including motor cruisers, launches, tenders, yachts, tugs, mission boats, fishing boats and military craft.
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