Hand forged iron nail, slightly tapered square section with wider head. Used at the Newmarket Saleyards.

Maintenance of the Newmarket yards was done by the Melbourne City Council. It mainly involved replacing rotten or broken timber fence rails and posts; repair of fittings on gates and rails; re-laying bluestone pitchers; and cleaning and maintenance of the administration buildings. The yard rails were made of hardwood, some of the older posts were jarrah but most were red gum. Sometimes damage to the yard would be caused by animals pushing against fences or becoming stuck between fence rails. Emergency maintenance and repairs had to be made during the sales, with the work being done quickly around the stock.

Physical Description

Slightly tapered nail with square head, hammered at corners to create diamond shape and bevelled corner; evidence of some minor rusting.

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