Model of a circa 1875 sausage meat chopper, made by Albert Ernest Quelch. The date of the model is unknown. It was donated to the museum by his son, Sydney James Quelch, in May 1947.

Albert Ernest Quelch was a master butcher operating as Quelch's Butchery in Hanover Street, Windsor, Melbourne. It is possible that he is the same Albert Quelch who won the Mayor's Prize at the Prahran State Schools competition in 1882 for 'best mechanical design' for his model of a railway station (Telegraph, St Kilda, Prahran and South Yarra Guardian, 30 December 1882, p.5). In 1909 Quelch's Butchery boasted that 'all small goods turned out from their establishment are free from preservatives of any kind. This means that, unlike many other tradesmen, the firm undertakes to supply fresh and wholesome goods - for goods which contain no preservative must of necessity be fresh. Messrs. Quelch Bros, already bear a high reputation for guaranteed farm-fed bacon and ham, corn beef and ox tongues, genuine pork sausages, etc.' (Prahran Telegraph, 24 April 1909, p. 4)

Albert Ernest Quelch died on 15 March 1947.

Physical Description

Model is mounted on a dark brown polished wooden block. Large handwheel on one side rotates a drum beneath the working table on which there is a metal pan. A pulley mounted overhead operates the up and down motion of the chopping blades in the pan via a belt (missing) that would have been attached to the large flywheel connected to the handwheel. Maker's plate on the front of the model frame. Yellow card tag with handwritten text is attached with twine.

More Information

  • Collecting Areas

    Working Life & Trades

  • Acquisition Information

    Donation from Sydney J. Quelch, Albert E. Quelch, 28 May 1947

  • Date of Pattern

    circa 1875

  • Maker

    Albert E. Quelch
    Date of death of model maker.

  • Inscriptions

    Maker's plate: ' A E QUELCH / MAKER ' Yellow card, handwritten: ' Model: (c. 1875) / Sausage Meat / Chopper / Presented by / S. J. Quelch / 2 Orwell St / Potts Point N.S.W. ', ' 28/5/47 '.

  • Classification

    Trades, Butchering, Butchering processes

  • Category

    History & Technology

  • Discipline


  • Type of item


  • Object Dimensions

    150 mm (Width), 215 mm (Depth), 305 mm (Height)
    Measurement includes wooden base. Measurement of model only: Width: 125mm; Depth: 110mm; Height: 250mm

  • References

    1882 'PRAHRAN STATE SCHOOLS.', The Telegraph, St Kilda, Prahran and South Yarra Guardian (Vic. : 1864 - 1888), 30 December, p. 5. , viewed 01 Nov 2019, [Link 1] 1909 'GENERAL NEWS.', The Prahran Telegraph (Vic. : 1889 - 1930), 24 April, p. 4. , viewed 01 Nov 2019, [Link 2]

  • Keywords

    Butchering, Models & Modelmaking