Blacksmiths & Farriers

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Blacksmith: a person who makes and repairs iron (metal) things by hand. Popularly referred to as smithy’s”.

Farrier: a blacksmith smith who shoes horses with a horseshoe.

 

There were at least three blacksmith/farriers who operated within the Willoughby area.

Harry Campbell

Harry Campbell 1

Courtesy: Picture Willoughby

Harry Campbell wearing blacksmith apron, and with tools, standing with hand on horse’s rump.

Harr Campbell Farriery

Courtesy: Picture Willoughby

Situated on west side of Pacific Highway just north of Fullers Road. Shows carriage works, Dibley, Jardine & Pearce, coachbuilders, motorcar and horses, and cart outside

Ozzie Snell

Snell Blacksmith Albert Avenue

Courtesy: Rob Pittman family photo (awaiting clearance)

Rob Pittman recalls: My great uncle Oswald (Ozzie) Henry Snell (2nd from left)at his blacksmith shop in Albert St Chatswood 1932 A family photo.

I just found an electoral roll showing them living in 46 Albert Avenue in 1933 so it may be that is the full address for this photo. 46 Albert Avenue is the eastern end of the now multi storey car park. In the photo above the striker’s name is Colin Goss. Two others are Dan Daniels and Skit Lambert. No description of who is who.

Ozzie Snell’s great nephew recalls:

  • Ozzie Snell had a blacksmith;s shop on the corner of Mowbray Road and the Pacific Highway (Gordon Road) from about 1920 until World Ward II. He semi-retired and setup the small ‘smithy’ shop behind Deveonshire St.
  • an electoral roll shows the Snells living in 46 Albert Avenue in 1933 so it may be that is the full address for the photo abov.e.. 46 Albert Avenue is the eastern end of the former multi storey car park, now a private hospital.
  • Ozzie had a small blacksmith’s shop in the lane behind Devonshire St on an allotment that is now a small park (most likely Tingah/Currey Park).

Holyrod –  Canning

According to I. Riese that was an early blacksmith shop run by a Mr. Holyrod at the corner of Laurel and Penshurst Streets. It was later taken over by Mr. Bill Canning.

THE BLACKSMITH & FARRIER CRAFTS

BLACKSMITH: a person who makes and repairs iron (metal) things by hand. Popularly referred to as smithy’s”.

The centerpiece pf a blacksmith’s shop is the forge. The fire the provide the heat to melt metal to allow it to be ‘forged’ into various shape.

Forge

Courtesy: The rookies

The fire in the forge is heated to enormous temperatures using a bellows. A primitive type of pump that blows air into the fire to ‘stoke’ it.

bellows

Courtesy: Timber and stone game

Below is a collection of typical blacksmith’s tools.

Blacksmith tools

Courtesy: Dreams time

FARRIER: a blacksmith smith who shoes horses with a horseshoe.

Farrier horse

Farrier shoeing 2

Farrier shoeing a horse

Courtesy: Work chron

 Farrier tools

Farrier’s tools

Courtesy: Pinterest

There is a collection of blacksmithing tools on display at the Willoughby Museum, 58 Johnson St, Chatswood.

Terry Fogarty

 

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