The Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences acknowledges Australia’s First Nations Peoples as the Traditional Owners and Custodians of the land and gives respect to the Elders – past and present – and through them to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are advised that the MAAS website contains a range of Indigenous Cultural Material. This includes artworks, artifacts, images and recordings of people who may have passed away, and other objects which may be culturally sensitive.
Alexader Shanks & Son was established by Alexander Shanks (1801-1845) who patented the first practical lawn mower, a horse-drawn mowing and rolling machine for lawns. After Shanks early death in 1845 the firm was later continued by his son James. By 1888 the firm were selling a large variety of stationary and marine engines, pumps and boilers. It traded as Alexander Shanks & Son Ltd by 1894 by which time the firm were making gas engines and holt bulb oil engines were being made by 1909. It was acquired by Giddings & Lewis-Frazer in 1968.