Alternative Name(s): Square Centre

Centring Device made by A. Bruhn & Son circa 1940s-1980s. It is used to locate centre of square bit of wood by placing it upright in 90 degree angled rest and pushing it downwards for the metal point to pierce it, the metal point can be adjusted for different sizes of wood. It was found in Area D3 at Adolph Bruhn & Son's Wood Turners Shop, 283 Coventry Street, South Melbourne. The business was established by Adolph Bruhn circa 1893 in Little Collins Street, Melbourne. Upon his death in 1919 it was then operated by Adolph's son Sophus Christopher Bruhn. Upon Sophus's death in 1959 his son Sophus Walter Bruhn took over the business. In 1970 Sophus reduced the scale of the business and relocated to South Melbourne. The business closed upon Sophus's death in January 1990.

Adolph Bruhn migrated to Australia from Germany in 1884, at the age of 29. He arrived in Adelaide where he lived for 10 months before moving to Victoria, where he settled, established his business, married and had five children.

Physical Description

Wooden five-sided base of multi-layered wood with top layer divided along middle by metal centre with point on top, with 90 degree angled two-sided vertical wooden attachments on top internally lined with two pieces of white laminex. Protruding from flat side of base is a metal screw and metal winding attachment.

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