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Association for the preservation of antique hand tools

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The Hand Tool Preservation Association of Australia is a not-for-profit body designed for individuals with an interest in both the history and heritage of unique antique tools as well as the manner in which they were used in the past.

The association provides its members with the opportunity to discuss traditional tools, both in terms of their unique design, their applications and how they were used.

Five main aims govern the association’s operation. They are as follows:

  • To promote the preservation, study, understanding and documentation of antique hand tools
  • To encourage interest amongst others so they acquire a better understanding of the industries in which these hand tools were used
  • To discover, identify, document, preserve and exhibit these antique hand tools
  • To share knowledge about antique hand tools with those who are interested, as well as institutions such as museums and the National Trust
  • To operate in a manner that facilitates friendship and goodwill
Association members are entitled to an array of benefits, including:

  • Access to the association’s quarterly journal, The Tool Chest
  • Access to the associations newsletter, The Sharp Edge
  • Reprints of antique hand tool catalogues
  • Opportunities to attend meetings and demonstrations
  • Access to the association’s library of catalogues and technical books
  • Contacts with Australian and overseas antique hand tool collectors
  • The opportunity to attend tool sales, which are organised by the association three times per year 
  • Technical advice regarding the preservation and restoration of antique hand tools
The Hand Tool Preservation Association is soon to form an alliance with the Box Hill Institute of TAFE (BHIT) whereby its collection of books and literature will be indexed in the institution’s library catalogue, making it easier for members to access valuable information about antique hand tools.

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