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Joplin Brothers was an Australian company who through the course of it's life manufactured jacks, vices, tyre pumps and more. Looking for more information on them and their history? Read on...
Joplin Brothers Ltd. was registered as a company in NSW on the 27th August 1930 with £2000 capital, as reported by the Daily Commercial News and Shipping List on the 10th September that year. The subscribers were given as F.H. Joplin, Linda M. Joplin, M.G. Joplin, G.C. Joplin, L.F. Watt, T.A. Barry and R. V. Bridekirk (Robert, I believe). The company was described as an "Automobile business in all its branches". There was a T.A. Barry was noted in The Hobart Daily Post in 1912 as being "Alderman T.A. Barry, Grand secretary, Grand Lodge of NSW" - possibly an investor.
The Construction and Real Estate Journal printed on the 28th December 1932 that Joplin Bros. Ltd. were approved to build additions to their workshop at 18 Wentworth Street, Eastwood.
R.V.Bridekirk was involved in the creation of Tec. Art (A'asia) Ltd. in 1934 - so potentially he was an investor rather than being hands-on with Joplin.
The Cumberland Argus and Fruitgrowers Advocate reported on the 24th Feb 1936 that Messrs Joplin Bros, of Wentworth-street, Eastwood there was no substance to a community complaint about noise from Joplin's factory. Their working hours were stated to be from 7.45am to 5pm with Saturday work in "urgent cases".
The Cumberland Argus and Fruitgrowers Advocate reported on the 14th Oct 1937 that two factory buildings (of galvanised iron with brick offices) valued at £1800 were to be built by Joplin Brothers Pty. Ltd. in Victoria Road, Rydalmere. Joplin Brothers were stated as being a vice, hand grinder and car lifting jack manufacturer who had an existing factory in Wentworth-street, Eastwood.
There is another reference to Joplin Bros Pty. Ltd. of Eastwood, NSW in 1938 - on the 7th Oct the Sydney Morning Herald ran an advertisement for the Joplin Air-Stream Tyre Pump:
On the 21st September 1939 the Commonwealth of Australia Gazette reported that Joplin had supplied lifting jacks for the Director of Artillery at a cost of £810. (about $71,000AUD in 2020).
"Construction" printed on 8th November 1944 that Joplin Bros, Ltd., of Euston & South Sts, Rydalmere, succeeded in their tender to supply tools to the NSW Main Roads Department. The tender was worth £250/6/3. The Argus reported on the 28th Jun of that year that R.V.Bridekirk (in the position of secretary) was appointed as one of the directors of Tecnico Ltd., of Sydney, which I think further supports him as not being involved in the day to day of Joplin.
The Daily Telegraph ran a "Town Talk" on the 20th March 1947 where their chosen spelling of "vice" was criticised. Seems like they were a known manufacturer of vices at this point...
14th Jan 1948 saw The Sydney Morning Herald report that L.F. Watt had been appointed a director of Tecnico, too.
The Commonwealth of Australia Gazette reported on the 19th May 1966 that Joplin Brothers Pty. Ltd. had succeeded in their tender to supply hydraulic jacks to the government, to the tune of $400. (NH255/2/12)
Graeme sent in this scan of a 1968 Blackwoods catalogue showing a range of six Joplin fabricated steel vices for sale:
In 1973 Siddons purchased the assets of Joplin Bros Pty. Ltd. (and, incidentally, Dawn).
The Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales stated that on the 25th March 1974 the company elected to be voluntarily wound up. The same gazette reported on the 13th Sept that the final meeting for the company's liquidation was held on the 9th September of that same year.
The ASIC register shows that the company Joplin Brothers Pty. Ltd. was de-registered on the 2nd September 1977.
There's a company called Joplin Jacks Pty Ltd. that appears to have been registered in 1987 (previously AYMPAT PTY LTD) - no idea if it's affiliated with the previous company. It seems to have links with Graham Rubber. Joplin Jacks seems to have been de-registered in 2017. There was also a Joplin Jacks (NSW) PTY LTD (Camela Pty Ltd) registered in 1982, and de-registered in 1992. Can't find anything about that one.
A Siddons catalogue (R4/74, which to me suggests 1974) advertises Sidchrome, Dawn and Joplin products with the following spiel:
Sidchrome, Dawn and Joplin are Divisions of Siddons Pty. Ltd. with manufacturing plants situated at Heidelberg West, CLifton Hill and North Coburg, Victoria and at Rydalmere, New South Wales.
The Joplin factory has manufactured bench vices for more than 30 years, and although steel vices of various makes have been available, they have been too expensive for most users, but as a result of the development of a new construction method the Sidchrome (Joplin) all-steel vice has solved this problem, and made possible a steel vice within the reach of everyone. All Joplin products, which include engineers' and plumbers' tools are constructed from the highest quality material to meet the specifications required by the industrial users of today.
Rigid inspection of manufacturing processes, and sample inspection at all stages, are part of the quality control requirements. Siddons Research Laboratories, adjacent to the Heidelberg West plant, sample test for strength, hardness and finish. This laboratory is installed in an air conditioned building where testing and chemical analysis is carried out under ideal scientific conditions.
The all-steel vice referred to there is a fabricated type.
Graeme sent in a scan of a Paul's 1980 catalogue showing a Sidchrome vice design that appears identical to that shown in the 1968 Blackwoods catalogue:
The 1984 Dunlop-IBC catalogue also shows some similar vices:
If you have any more information on Joplin I'd love to hear from you via the contact page!
Some examples of Joplin vices I have found so far - once I find more information I'll date them as best I can:
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