Even a brief survey of the trades required for the new colony of Queensland indicates a substantial number of tinsmiths were well established by 1874. Colonial tinsmiths worked tin plate with simple tools to produce basic household wares from pots and pans to tubs and buckets. Initially they followed the pioneers; supplying the needs of the miners, farmers and settlers as they journeyed to ever more remote areas. As towns and populations grew the tinsmith diversified and we find advertisements for roof guttering, ridge capping, spouting, baths and fittings of every description. Overlooked and undervalued, remnant work of the early Queensland tinsmiths, once so common, is now hard to find. By the late 1880’s even the evocative name of their trade began to fade as tin plate gave way to galvanised iron.

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