Builder's Plate

Production date
1900
Country
Australia
State/Province
Queensland
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Description
An oval shaped iron plate painted red with the cast raised lettering painted white.
Classification
CH classification TRANSPORT Railways Manufacturer's Plate
Measurements
H150 x W195 x D10mm
Media/Materials description
Iron (Metals - Ferrous) Paint (Surface Treatments)
Signature/Marks
JAMES FROST \ 1900 \ MARYBOROUGH
History and use
Born in Norfolk, James Frost travelled to Australia, settled in Ipswich and joined the Queensland Railway Department as a carriage builder in 1873. In 1880 he became a locomotive fireman and moved to Maryborough. He returned to the Ipswich Railway Workshops in 1883 becoming the inspector of rolling stock.

After leaving the railways shortly after returning to Ipswich, Frost began a company with F.G Springall (Springall & Frost) and the firm had the honour of building Queensland's first locally produced locomotive. In 1896, Frost left the company and started a new rolling stock company in Maryborough, simply known as James Frost.

After a few years based in Maryborough, Frost returned to Ipswich and joined Shillito Limited where they began producing rolling stock in West Ipswich. Frost continued to use the company name, James Frost - Railway Carriage Builder, while submitting tenders for carriage building jobs.
Registration number
R6804

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