Fruit grader and case holder, timber / metal / cloth / rubber, made by Pope, Mayne and Southerden Pty Ltd, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, 1947-1964
The grader is rectangular in shape, with six bins or hoppers for separating fruit of differing sizes. The front legs are made of timber but the back legs are metal. They support a conveyor belt and an adjustable roller along which the fruit would have rolled. As the pieces of fruit moved along the conveyor belt they would have dropped into bins when they could fit under the roller. Because the roller is angled to create an ever-increasing gap between it and the conveyor belt, small fruit fell into bins before the larger pieces. The roller can be raised or lowered, to suit the size of the fruit. A hand lever on one end turns the conveyor belt but a pulley attached below it indicates that it was also capable of being driven by a small engine or electric motor.
The case holder is made of timber and cantilevers from the front of the grader. It can be moved from one bin to another.
A registered trademark appears on the timber at one end. It consists of the initials PMS within a six-pointed star. PMS also appears in a circle on a metal casing.
A blue metal plaque is attached to the front of the grader. It carries the words,
FARM MACHINERY EXCHANGE
HIGH ST. PENRITH.