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In spite of the dull times Mr David Murray continues to do a good share of business at his well-known iron and brass foundry. The immense variety of of articles that can be turned out there with promptitude and skill ensures work, even in the most depressed season, from some of the many industries which depend more or less upon machinery in which iron and brass are used. Some idea of the extent of these workshops, and the numerous kinds of work produced, oan be formed by the visitor who avails himself of the courtesy of the proprietor in looking round the different departments of the establishment. Taking the progress of any special work the carefully prepared drawing on paper will first be seen, and of these Mr Murray has in his office a very large number, some of work alread y done and of which at some future time replications may be wanted, and others which as yet are only projected, Next the visitor will probably inspect the pattern loft, where all the patterns used in the establishment are made, and samples in almost endless variety are kept carefully arranged in stock. From these pattern s any work formerly turned out of the foundry can be reproduced at very short notice, other patterns are in process of preparation ready for work, which is shortly expected to be required on their model. For the preparation of the patterns very careful and skilful workmanship is needed, and it is certainly not lacking in the numerous patterns methodically stocked in Mr Murray's loft, which include those for heavy and light engines, hydraulic presses, water main sluice valves, steam winch, and all sorts of boiler fittings. There are also patterns for agricultural implements, meat preserving plant, pullies of all sizes for saw mills, fly wheels— varying from those for 25 horse to two horse engines — wagon wheels, brickmakihg machinery, and numerous other desorip-. tions of work in constant requisition In the blacksmith's department there is every facility for general repairs, with steam hammer and thoroughly efficient requisites for the work. Close to this is the boiler-makers department, provided with flanging furnace, plate bending rollers for heavy and light plates, and punching and shearing machines. In this department is a fan blast for the boiler-makers and blacksmiths fires. Lawn rollers and oolonial ovens are among the articles in course of construction. Next comes the fitting and turning shop, which is supplied with 15-horse engine and boiler for driving the machinery in use, Among the latter are turning lathes for light iron and brass work, plaining machines for heavy and light work, turning lafch9B of vary, ing sizes, and chucking lathe for heavy wheels. There are also machines for I sawing, drilling, grinding, and pipescrewing ; the place is, in fact, fitted with appliances for iron work of any class. In the millwright's department are made wool presses of the kind shown by Mr Murray at the Jubilee Exhibition, and which are now being generally adop» ted for use throughout the district, the presses having been supplied to Welling, ton and other parts, one having been sent on Wednesday last to Timaru. Work of other descriptions for dairy and factory use are made to meet a growing demand. In the moulding shop a large number cf moulds are constantly in preparation, and the best time for a visit is, of course, when the actual work of pouring in the molten metal is in progress, and the rough castings of many different varieties are moulded. In an adjoining room is the furnace where brass is melted; close by is a fan blast for the brass and iron castings: Among the articles Mr Murray has in progress or in stook are timber jacks, engines of different sizes, mangles, cream separators, cheese presses, and fire grateß. The works are fitted up in a complete and efficient marner which does credit to the district, and though they are capable of turning out a vast amount more work than is now being produced fchero, Mr Murray may perhaps bo congratulated that in these depressed times ha is able to keep so many men employed.

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MR DAVID MURRAY'S FOUNDRY., Wanganui Chronicle, Volume XXX, Issue 11587, 9 September 1887

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MR DAVID MURRAY'S FOUNDRY. Wanganui Chronicle, Volume XXX, Issue 11587, 9 September 1887