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Parkanson Lathe - Australia
Other Australian-built lathes: Advance, Burden,
Clisby, Great Scott & Conrik, Hercus, A.E.Herbert, Premo, Qualos,
Macson, Mars, Nuttall, Parkanson, Purcell, Rolfe, Sheraton,
Tillico, T.N.C.  Veem

A Data Pack is available for this lathe


An Australian-built copy of the American South Bend 9-inch "Workshop" lathe, the Parkanson was much less well-known than the other Antipodean versions sold by Hercus, Sheraton and Purcell. Parkanson was the brand name of Theo. Park & Son, Engineers, of 10-12 Teton Court, Highett, Victoria. Melbourne, who were well known, over many decades, as manufacturers of industrial power hacksaws and shapers.
Although other Australian makers of 9-inch copies were eventually to offer their lathes in an underdrive form, it appears that, from the very start of its production, the Parkanson was offered in this form with the front and back of the headstock casting cut away to allow the passage of a flat belt to a countershaft slung beneath the bench (a similar example can be seen part way down this page). It's possible, but not confirmed, that like South Bend, the makers would have offered both a complete cabinet and the plans to build one constructed in wood. 
As little written information about Parkanson has survived, the writer would be delighted to hear if any reader can add to the story.


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Parkanson Lathe - Australia
Other Australian-built lathes: Advance, Burden,
Clisby, Great Scott & Conrik, Hercus, A.E.Herbert, Premo, Qualos,
Macson, Mars, Nuttall, Parkanson, Purcell, Rolfe, Sheraton,
Tillico, T.N.C.  Veem

A Data Pack is available for this lathe