Penny in Slot Golf Machine
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CH classification TOYS Mechanical
Iron (Metals - Ferrous)
Indeterminate (Metals - Indeterminate)
<Printed on front glass panel > MATTHEWSON'S PATENT \ PENNY RETURNED EVERY TIME YOU MAKE THE 3 HOLES \ 1,2, & 3 BEFORE LOSING THE BALL. \ OBJECT OF THE GAME \ TO MAKE THE HOLES WITH THE FEWEST POSSIBLE STROKES \ DIRECTIONS \ TO OBTAIN BALL PLACE ONE PENNY IN SLOT, PRESS HANDLE GENTLY \ THEN PRESS EITHER HANDLE ACCORDING TO POSITION OF BALL \ THIS MACHINE IS THE PROPERTY OF THE AUTOMATIC SPORTS CO., \ 5 DENMAN ST., LONDON BRIDGE S.E
Prior to its location at Redcliffe, the golf machine is thought to have been stationed in a penny arcade adjacent to the entrance of the Sandgate Pier. Seaside arcades and jetties were popular recreation destinations in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, forming part of a wider seaside leisure complex which provided accommodation, group activities, cheap entertainment and restorative health benefits. Bayside areas in Queensland were popular from particularly early on, with the first railway line within Brisbane running to Sandgate.