Public Talks

The museum hosts a regular series of FREE public lunchtime talks. The talks are held on the FIRST Tuesday of each month EXCEPT January from 12.00 midday until 1.00pm in the Royal Society Rooms at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery.

Our next talk on 2 AUGUST 2022 at 12 noon will be presented by Dr Tony Sprent AM on the Jessop and Appleby Steam Crane, a landmark at Constitution Dock in Hobart for the last 120 years.  Constructed by Jessop and Appleby of Leicester UK, it was purchased by the Hobart Marine Board in 1897 and arrived in 1899.  The crane was used mainly for loading apples for export, and for lifting boilers, engines and other heavy loads. It was used extensively until the 1960s when the boiler was no longer inspected. Sadly, there are few examples of early industrial engineering machinery like the Jessop and Appley crane remaining.  Most were scrapped when they become redundant.  

A brief history of the crane and its manufacturers will be outlined, as well as mention of the engineering technology used for its construction, now seldom used.  A current project to build a working scale model of the crane will also be presented.

Dr Tony Sprent AM, currently an adjunct senior researcher in the School of Mathematics and Physics at UTAS, is a surveyor by profession. Completing a PhD in Physics in1983, he became interested in instrumentation for high precision spatial measurement and astronomy. He taught in the School of Surveying for 35 years before retiring in 2003. For many years he has been interested in the Jessop and Appleby crane, finally commencing construction of a working scale model of the crane in 2021.

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