Australian & South African Corrugated Iron
A great deal of UK-manufactured corrugated iron was exported to Australia and South Africa from the U. 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 three examples of some of the 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 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?
This beautiful mark was found by Ken Hooper in Mareeba, North Queensland. This image is a thumbnail. Click on it to see a larger version.
And here is a photo of two Swallow marks found on a family farm near Jeffreys Bay, South Africa.