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    Not hurricane lamps rather kerosene pressure lamps. The lamp on the left is a Coleman 249 Scout which I bought a few months ago from a junk shop. Now rebuilt with new filler cap seal, pump washer and cleaned the generator. 1945 vintage and works as well as the day it was made.

    Centre lamp is a Aladdin A1 also WW2 vintage with a brass plate RAN indicating it once was a Navy lamp. Completely restored, metal work re nickeled, painted and a new generator fitted. So pretty now a display pony.

    The lamp on the right is a Austramax 3/300 which are still made in Melbourne. My main camping light, amply bright and reliable workhorse.

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    Thanks Chigger.

    I had no idea there was a local manufacturer !

    Austramax is located in West Brunswick (Melbourne)

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    I love them, reminds me of visiting my grandparents as a kid....pop always had one

    Use three as part of my lights out kit, got mine via eBay....genuine Feuerhand from Germany

    https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Orig-FEU...r=420901832881

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    Quote Originally Posted by odgens View Post
    I love them, reminds me of visiting my grandparents as a kid....pop always had one

    Use three as part of my lights out kit, got mine via eBay....genuine Feuerhand from Germany

    https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Orig-FEU...r=420901832881

    Nice lamps and look to be very good quality and should last for many years if looked after. Not like the cheap Chinese one I bought a year ago. It was so poorly made it leaked kero from all the joints, so pulled out the glass and threw the rest into the bin.

    Totally useless piece of kitsch junk.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aussie123 View Post
    Thanks Chigger.

    I had no idea there was a local manufacturer !

    Austramax is located in West Brunswick (Melbourne)

    Yes amazing pressure lamps are still manufactured here in Australia. I believe their market is mainly the Pacific Islands and parts of Asia where there is little electrification.

    The Austramax is a robust and very bright light, quite easy to get going once you get the hang of the preheating procedure.

    Have noticed on lamp collecting forums the Austramax is well thought of.

    I carry mine in a wooden case lined with closed cell foam (a' la a camping sleeping mat) and have had mantles last for nearly two years.

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    In regards to Austramax lanterns, where can they be purchased as a Google search seems only to show secondhand ones, can't find a current price either?

    It's indeed odd these days that they don't have a dedicated website.
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    There are two lamp shops I deal with, Braidwood Oil Lamps and TW Sands in Melbourne. Neither are particulary good at advertising their products. TW Sands website nothing happens when clicking on the various boxes.

    Nor does Austramax have a website yet they certainly exist. Going to ring TW Sands today and will ask what is going on with their website. Following are a couple of links.

    http://www.twsands.com.au/

    http://www.oillamps.com.au/presser%20lamps.htm

    Note there appears to be two separate lamps shops in Braidwood and this is the one that sells Austramax.

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    We no longer need to use hurricane lamps, though we did for a short time many years ago. Eventually it became impracticable to use these kero lamps, so we changed over to candles, grease lamps & rush lights. We used these for lighting for about 20 years.
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    I took the one less travelled by,
    And that has made all the difference".
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    http://neclhg.freeforums.net/
    http://australiansurvivalandpreppers.blogspot.com.au/

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    Exquisite candle lights and noticed the pistol type flint candle lighter which I would imagine would only be something for the very wealthy.

    Although this is a thread on kerosene if I may ask one question. A while back I was camped in a cave and resolved not to use any modern fire lighting or night time illumination devices of any sort.
    No electric torches, mobile phone torches, lumo stick thingers or anything.

    Lit the campfire with flint and steel from which lit my collapsible candle lamp which was my night light.

    Upon going to bed realised that one I put the candle lamp out it was pitch black dark, could hardly see my hand in front of my face.

    Lets say some calamity arose during the pitch black night and your candle lamp was the only source of light and the fire had gone out and one urgently needed a light fast.

    I have enough trouble lighting a fire with flint and steel when in day light and can see what I am doing let alone in the pitch darkness.

    Any suggestions ? No sneaking out a box of matches.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chigger View Post
    There are two lamp shops I deal with, Braidwood Oil Lamps and TW Sands in Melbourne. Neither are particulary good at advertising their products. TW Sands website nothing happens when clicking on the various boxes.

    Nor does Austramax have a website yet they certainly exist. Going to ring TW Sands today and will ask what is going on with their website. Following are a couple of links.

    http://www.twsands.com.au/

    http://www.oillamps.com.au/presser%20lamps.htm

    Note there appears to be two separate lamps shops in Braidwood and this is the one that sells Austramax.
    TW Sands is an Aladin's cave ....
    http://bushcraftoz.com/forums/showth...ighlight=sands

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