Australian, etc. Corrugated Iron

A great deal of UK-manufactured corrugated iron was exported to Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.. It was transported as valuable ballast in ships that would return with local produce.

I am unfortunately not able to enter into correspondence about the makers marks that can be found on such iron, but I would be glad to add your contact details to the following list if you are willing to be contacted by others interested in this industry and history. Please email me if you want to be mentioned below.


Below are some examples of makers' marks that have been found in Australia. Others may be found on other websites including flickriver.

This Best mark was found on a roof in Adelaide, South Australia. The house in Adelaide was built in around 1902 although the iron may have been added in a subsequent re-roofing. Other iron on the same roof was made by another UK company - John Lysaght & Co.

A beautifully preserved Merino mark - see left hand photo below - was also found in Australia. Jenny Sayer says that they had been re-roofing their house in Murwillumbah, New South Wales and, when their very rusty (only on the weather side & still not leaking) steel was removed, the makers mark of British Make Merino was found on several sheets. There were also some rolled up newspapers in the roof - to keep the weather out of the corrugations - and the papers were dated December 1949. Jenny thinks that the house was originally a fisherman's two room shack on the Tweed River and wonders if the materials were second hand even when it was built in 1949?

And farm owner Carly Noble of Arnold, Victoria reports that her house, built in around the 1880s, has around 300 sheets of metal in its roof and veranda, all carrying the British Merino Mark - see right hand photo below.


This Raven mark was found by Ken Hooper in Mareeba, North Queensland.

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Here are several marks found on some iron in these pre 1900 shearing sheds in southern New South Wales between Gol Gol  and Euston. 

The first is clearly a paddle steamer, and has no accompanying text.  The second one is a hexagram- maybe a Star of David?  The third - Target- has also been found in the UK.  The fourth one looks like 'Trademark Redcliffe' and may have a crown in the middle.'  And I can't work out the fifth one at all!


The paddle steamer has also been found in Toongabbie, Victoria 3856.

New Zealand

And here is another gorgeous Raven, found by Caleb Davis in New Zealand.

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South Africa

This is a photo of two Swallow marks found on a family farm near Jeffreys Bay, South Africa.

Click here to read about makers marks found in the UK


Martin Stanley