Need help?


Search OutdoorKing by entering Key Words Below



Who's Online Now
2 members (Kickstart, NormK), 97 guests, and 113 robots.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Online Spare Parts


Online Store


Newest Topics
Greenfield Evolution III 10.5
by CJay - 19/07/24 12:34 AM
Villers engine numbers
by Bevan12666! - 17/07/24 06:43 AM
Victa SSA201A Catcher
by PK5 - 11/07/24 05:16 PM
Greenfield Anniversary 88 Idler Sprocket
by Guliyas - 05/07/24 04:55 PM
Looking for service manual Cox Conquest
by MrG6 - 30/06/24 07:11 AM
Mcculloch Super 100 brushcutter
by sirzur - 29/06/24 01:12 PM
Topic Replies
Greenfield Evolution III 10.5
by NormK - 22/07/24 12:08 PM
Briggs and Stratton problems 550EX O9P702-0127-H5
by maxwestern - 19/07/24 07:55 PM
Villers engine numbers
by maxwestern - 18/07/24 05:54 PM
Victa SSA201A Catcher
by NormK - 11/07/24 08:39 PM
Greenfield Anniversary 88 Idler Sprocket
by Guliyas - 08/07/24 06:31 AM
HORSE MOWER - Port Melbourne - c1910-1930
by Alan M - 04/07/24 08:43 PM
Looking for service manual Cox Conquest
by MrG6 - 30/06/24 07:11 AM
Mcculloch Super 100 brushcutter
by sirzur - 29/06/24 01:12 PM
666 The Beast
by maxwestern - 24/06/24 10:19 PM
Previous Thread
Next Thread
Print Thread
Rate Thread
Hop To
Joined: Nov 2013
Posts: 6,938
Likes: 279
Forum Historian
Hello ODK history lovers
The Harrigan Family have an important historical connection
to the Illawara area of New South Wales.

They are recognised as being the first Ford agency in Australia!
Dealerships under the family name continue to this day!

The Wollongong University Archives holds a photographic record with this note: -

[Linked Image]

It’s worthwhile visiting that online archive [link below].
Have a squiz at these great images but pay particular attention
to ‘Early motor mower’ and ‘Home of Mr and Mrs H.E. Harrigan’.
There’s a story to tell there.

This may be a side-note to history, but E.H.’s son, H.E.,
did make an early electric side-wheel power mower.

[Linked Image]
https://archivesonline.uow.edu.au/nodes/view/9678

TO BE CONTINUED …

Portal Box 6
Joined: Nov 2013
Posts: 6,938
Likes: 279
Forum Historian
PART TWO – The Harrigan Electric Mower
I was first alerted to the Harrigan Electric when I found a 1954 news article.
It gave me an excellent red-herring in dating the machine.

Only considerable research would get to the facts of the matter.

[Linked Image]

The Harrigan Electric dates to, best guess, about 1930 and
it was probably offered in very small numbers in the early 1930s.

It was a conversion side-wheel – using an existing ‘pushie’ mower
and adding an electric motor. The venture appears to have been
more of a ‘conversion service’ to existing mowers; rather than a
new powered mower sold under the Harrigan brand.

I say that because I have never found a single advertisement
for a Harrigan electric mower as such. Instead, I have found
many ads from the early 1930s that describe the company’s
“General Engineering” services. One service was the equipping
of lawnmowers with “Electric Power appliances”.

Nonetheless, the Harrigan Electric should be remembered because
Herbert Earnest Harrigan saw the potential in introducing a cheaper
powered lawnmower to the public in Australia in the inter-war years.

Attached Images
harrigan_electric_00.jpg (21.46 KB, 25 downloads)
harrigan_electric_01.jpg (230.86 KB, 25 downloads)
harrigan_electric_02.jpg (127.4 KB, 25 downloads)
harrigan_house_00.jpg (21.7 KB, 25 downloads)
harrigan_house_01.jpg (71.53 KB, 25 downloads)
Joined: Nov 2013
Posts: 6,938
Likes: 279
Forum Historian
PART THREE
For the record, the demise of the Harrigan Electric was probably
due to the fact that Harrigans began selling Atco reel mowers
from the mid-1930s.

[Linked Image]

This is a typical story – how a regional car dealer came
to be selling lawnmowers ...

This is an atypical story in that Harrigans saw the potential in
power lawnmowers when they were novel in the community.

Post War, Harrigans would continue selling lawnmowers until
the mid-1950s. I guess, after that, specialist garden-equipment
stores started to appear.

Harrigans should be remembered for being pioneers in
introducing power lawnmowers to regional Australia.

Attached Images

Moderated by  Alan M, CyberJack, Mr Davis 

Link Copied to Clipboard
July
M T W T F S S
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
8 9 10 11 12 13 14
15 16 17 18 19 20 21
22 23 24 25 26 27 28
29 30 31
ShoutChat
Comment Guidelines: Do post respectful and insightful comments. Don't flame, hate, spam.
Newest Members
slick50, Tek7TipTinkerer, Bevan12666!, TERENCE, Villiersman
16,838 Registered Users
Forum Statistics
Forums145
Topics12,730
Posts104,730
Members16,838
Most Online2,545
Dec 23rd, 2019
OutdoorKing Showcase
20 Bucks from FB Marketplace
20 Bucks from FB Marketplace
by Return Rider, February 20
Victa Cortina 2 Shed Find
Victa Cortina 2 Shed Find
by Return Rider, January 25
My Rover Baron 45
My Rover Baron 45
by Maxwell_Rover_Baron, April 16
SHOWCASE - Precision Mowers - 2021
SHOWCASE - Precision Mowers - 2021
by CyberJack, April 14
SHOWCASE – Atco Rotary – Paul C - 2020
SHOWCASE – Atco Rotary – Paul C - 2020
by CyberJack, December 28
HOME |CONTACT US
Powered by UBB.threads™ PHP Forum Software 7.7.5
(Release build 20201027)
Responsive Width:

PHP: 7.4.33 Page Time: 0.042s Queries: 23 (0.034s) Memory: 0.6726 MB (Peak: 0.7234 MB) Data Comp: Zlib Server Time: 2024-07-22 02:53:54 UTC
Valid HTML 5 and Valid CSS