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John Key and Sons

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1877 John Key engine, restored to working condition at MOTAT, Auckland
1877 John Key engine at MOTAT, Auckland. Fine example of foundry work on columns. These are iron castings, the circular rims being turned and polished in a lathe.
1877 John Key engine at MOTAT, Auckland. Connecting rod at crankpin end. Forged wrought iron components and bronze bearings
Valve operating gear and steam chest on 1877 engine at MOTAT, Auckland
Bearing pedestal on1877 engine at MOTAT, Auckland
1877 engine at MOTAT, Auckland
1877 engine at MOTAT, Auckland

John Key & Sons of White Bank Engine Works, Kirkcaldy and Abden Shipyard, Kinghorn

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Shipbuilders and makers of marine and stationary steam engines

1851 Whitebank Works opened

1850s John Key beam engine currently (2008) under restoration in Mannum, S Australia. This is a small six-column engine thought to have used at Aldinga Flour Mill, Adelaide [1]

1875 Beam engine made by John Key and commissioned in 1877 at Western Springs Pumphouse, Auckland, New Zealand (now MOTAT, Auckland museum) [2]

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Sources of Information

  1. 'Old Glory' magazine No. 222, August 2008, p.34
  2. 'The Beam Engine and Western Springs Pumping Station' published by MOTAT, 2008