About this objectSometimes called, Brush Hook or Fern Hook. This one came from Barry, near Blayney .... once called Five Islands. Issued to the local school which was first opened in 1862. Pre, 1920 teacher Mr. Cork, told me it had been there since about 1900. First issued for students to eridicate weeds, Blackberry and Briar
bushes. The price of the Hook is shown in an old catalogue as five shillings and six pence. The Govt. arrow still shows, on the handle. Used to clear the School playing grounds which were rough and almost unseen from the road. These little clearings were there to teach local kids the rules of sport. Some became internationals. Some too, went to War. These were the little cleared patches where they were taught some of the discipline which helped them in tough areas of life and made it easier to take knocks.
From the original Viv Kable catalogue exhibit register.