This engine came from Young, New South Wales. I swapped a restored 1928 Fordson tractor for it. The Austral had apparently run a laundry in Young, NSW(a former gold mining town). The Moffat-Virtue records record it as being sold new to a farm (as a portable) at Greenthorpe NSW, however written over this is an owner at Koorawatha which is about 20km away. So a change of ownership must have happened early in its recorded life. Both of these places are not far from Young so the engine has not traveled much. The engine was brought into Young after a working life on the farm and made into a stationary engine to run the laundry. When it was removed from the laundry it was mounted on the transport it was on when I aquired the engine, which is a large Lister transport.
This engine is one of 11 3.5hp lamp start, portable top-tank Australs on the Austral Register & one of 24 3.5hp lamp start engines on the register.
Click Here For Some Pictures from a weekend working on the Austral
Bringing the Austral to Sydney. The first movement of the Austral in 20 years. June 2002.
In my yard July 2002
The business end of the sideshaft
Some detail of the engine. Note the original striping
The Austral's first rally. Cambelltown in November 2002.
Australia Day 2003.
October 2004. Exhaust pipe cast for the engine.
Exhaust pipe sitting on the engine before the mounting holes are drilled.
Macksville Sept. 2004
Sydney Sept. 2004
24th October 2004. No.1874 stands at its birth place in Ballarat, Vic. for the first time since 1917
Cambelltown May 2007
Macksville September 2007
Sydney September 2007
Manilla June 2009
December 2011. Some detail of the engine.
In the garage with the vertical Stover behind.
December 2013. I finally have the correct muffler for my engine. It is a little sad but will clean up ok. It was chock full of dirt, straw and rubbish.
April 2014. Removing the old muffler and fitting the new one. A tricky job as it is a tight fit and very heavy.
This ad shows the 10/11hp Engine.
This ad shows the 6hp-8hp engines.
This ad shows the later style engine fitted with a magneto.
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