Metal gravity clamp for lifting and carrying timber. Used at Newmarket Saleyards by Melbourne City Council in repairing yards, fences and buildings.

Maintenance of the Newmarket yards was done by the Melbourne City Council. It mainly involved replacing rotten or broken timber fence rails and posts; repair of fittings on gates and rails; re-laying bluestone pitchers; and cleaning and maintenance of the administration buildings. The yard rails were made of hardwood, some of the older posts were jarrah but most were red gum. Sometimes damage to the yard would be caused by animals pushing against fences or becoming stuck between fence rails. Emergency maintenance and repairs had to be made during the sales, with the work being done quickly around the stock.

Physical Description

Consists of handle, shaft and pair of "jaws", one sprung, the other adjustable along the length of the shaft.

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