‘Shepherd Castor Story’ booklet by G F Shepherd

Made by Shepherd, G F, 1960.

George Shepherd was a wealthy Melbourne oil company executive who regularly played cards with friends, seated in big upholstered chairs. But the tiny castor wheels fitted to the chairs made them difficult to move.

So from 1934 until 1939 Shepherd researched the physics of existing castors and proposed a new type of wheel that swivelled on an angled axle. With the weight of the chair offset from and below the axle, the wheel could be steered with much less effort. Shepherd made 60 different ver...


Booklet, 'Shepherd Castor Story', paper / metal, written by G F Shepherd, printed by Brown, Prior, Anderson Pty Ltd, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1960

A booklet written by the castor's inventor George Shepherd, it describes the development, manufacture and marketing of the castor. The cover is buff coloured. On the front cover is a sketch of the Shepherd castor and the text 'Whichever way you turn' above the title 'Shepherd Castor Story' in red block letters. The inside covers bear cutaway diagrams of the castor. The booklet has 24 pages and the text is illustrated with black-and-white photographs. It has a staple spine.


203 mm
123 mm
2 mm


This booklet was written by the inventor of the Shepherd Castor G. F. Shepherd (who died in 1971 aged 83). It was printed by Brown, Prior, Anderson Pty Ltd, Melbourne, 1960.
Shepherd, G F 1960


The donor was formerly an accountant with Lane Hardware, the company that manufactured Shepherd Castors in Australia.


Gift of Alan Herron, 2004
18 November, 2004

Cite this Object

'Shepherd Castor Story' booklet by G F Shepherd 2014, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 22 August 2017, <https://ma.as/346340>
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