Oval shaped brass plate. Front surface polished. Red paint infill in text. Black painted border. Two round mounting holes at either end. Back surface has circular section recessed at centre and around mounting holes. Circular milling marks visible.
TRANSPORT Railways Manufacturer's Plate
Ipswich Railway Workshops
L267 x W160 x H10 mm
Brass (Metals - Non-Ferrous) Paint (Surface Treatments)
RAILWAY WORKS\No 1\IPSWICH\1877\QUEENSLAND
History and use
This is one of three builder's plates affixed to the first steam locomotive to be built at the Railway Works, Ipswich. One builder's plate was located on each cab side and the third on the rear of the locomotive tender.
The locomotive was built using spare parts supplied with the first four locomotives built for Queensland's first railway, the Southern & Western.