Fire alarm sensor

Country
Australia
State/Province
Queensland
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Description
A metal and wooden fire alarm sensor. There is a spring attached on the top left hand side of the main metal component, with two rectangular pieces of wood attached with screws to the top and bottom of the centre of the sensor. There are brackets on each of the ends of the metal sensor where it would have attached to another object/wall.
Classification
CH classification TRANSPORT Railways
CH classification ESSENTIAL SERVICES Firefighting alarm bell
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Measurements
L346 x W89 x H44mm
Media/Materials description
Metal
Wood
Signature/Marks
A.G. JACKSON \ BRISBANE
History and use
This Fire Alarm Sensor was used at the Ipswich Railway Workshops. Fire alarm sensors were attached to the ceiling of each building. If a fire occurred the heat set off an electric pulse to the panel in the Timekeeper’s Building and the alarm would sound. This sensor came from the Paint Shop.

It is probable that this sensor would have connected to the main ‘Matthews Fire Panel’ in the Timekeeper Building. MATTHEWS FIRE ALARM PTY LTD is a Brisbane based company founded in 1922 and still operational today. Many of the systems that were installed by Matthews Fire Alarm as early as the 1920s were operational until the mid to late 1980’s.

The sensor was made by AG Jackson, named after Electrical Engineer, Alfred George Jackson. Jackson became a part of owner of a company called Jackson and Harriss' based in Brisbane in 1896. He later became the sole owner and the company was then known as AG Jackson. The firm designed fire alarm systems and electrical fittings.

The company acquired the rights to the Synchronome name and patents in 1903. After acquiring these patents the firm was renamed the Synchronome Electrical Company of Australasia in 1904.
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R6800

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