George E. Crane Brass Foundry

manufactured taps in Burwood Road, near Exile Bay, opposite Tanner Middleton, in the mid 1930s.

During World War II, the company began rolling aluminium alloys for aeroplane bodies. The company merged with Austral Bronze in 1958.

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  1. I worked at Ge Crane in 1973 when my job was to service the first continuous casting machine in Australia . The Danish made DISA machine would make 350 sand moulds a day and on each pattern plate a “tree” could be 12 brass taps. So thats a lot of tap fittings per day. The sand was fine Cronulla sand mixed with Bentonite clay and about 2% water, It was black and recycled many times.
    The machine shop was huge and lathes and drills machined the brass to the finished product. All machining was done under a flood of cutting oil. Brass swarf (metal turnings) were fed back into the furnace only at night times so no one would notice the oily black smoke coming from the chimney. How much black sand was washed into Canada Bay is too awful to suggest. In 1976 Ge Crane became Crane Taps and moved to a new factory in Penrith where things were much better.

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