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Illustrated Guide to Christchurch and Neighbourhood

G. F. Gee's Tin-Plate Works

G. F. Gee's Tin-Plate Works.

These are situated in Tuam-street, next to A.J. "White's furniture warehouse, and cover a quarter of an acre of ground. page 216Here are manufactured all kinds of tin and sheet-iron work, household tin-ware; biscuit and coffee canisters for the local manufactories; tea boxes for grocers and tea-merchants; japanned-ware, baths, watering-pots, portable washing coppers, &c. The trade is entirely a wholesale one, no retail customers being entertained. The factory has been established over two years, and is another example of the benefit derived from the establishment of local industries, each one feeding and giving work to numerous others. Among other articles, Mr. Gee makes for the furniture dealers galvanised-iron slop-pails, boiler-fillers, and black-iron coal-scoops, which previously had to be imported, but which now have quite shut out the imported article from our market. The workshop is fitted up with all the latest improvements in English and American machinery for the manufacture of tin ware, including a screw press for cutting and stamping the tops and bottoms of all kinds of jam, honey, and coffee tins, from an inch-and-a-half to eight inches in diameter; an American treadle guillotine, for cutting out all kinds of tin-ware; an edging machine, for making the edge for grooving the corners of square tins, whereby the old process of soldering is rendered unnecessary; a grooving machine, for grooving the corners; a 20-inch angle bender; an American folder, for folding all kinds of edges for wiring, &c., from a sixteenth of an inch to an inch, doing the work quicker and more perfectly than could be done by hand; an American patent for paning down and knocking up the bottoms of all kinds of round work; a groover for grooving all kinds of round tins; a circular-cutter, for cutting circles from two to eighteen inches in diameter; a pair of bending-rollers, for making all kinds of round work, from a quarter-pound pepper tin to a twenty-gallon portable washing-boiler frame; an American bottoming machine, for fastening on the bottoms of canisters, saving soldering; a 20-inch guillotine; an English folding machine; a wiring machine; a swaging machine; an English paning-down machine; two burring machines, and all other kinds of implements necessary for the trade. The results of these works is that the importation of tin and japanned-ware is gradually being dropped, the locally-made articles being quite equal, as regards quality and price, to Home-made goods.