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Gilbert TOYNE

Regimental number5617
Place of birthGeelong Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationFarrier
Address29 Pakington Street, Geelong, Victoria
Marital statusMarried
Next of kinWife, Mrs S J A Toyne, 29 Pakington Street, Geelong, Victoria
Enlistment date9 August 1915
Rank on enlistmentDriver
Unit nameField Artillery Brigade 2, Reinforcement 11
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/30/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A71 Nestor on 11 October 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Field Artillery Brigade
FateReturned to Australia 25 January 1919
Other details

Before the war, Toyne, in conjunction with his then partner, Lambert Edwin Downey, in their business in North Geelong, had been granted a patent (No. 1276) in 1911 for a clothes hoist. After the war Toyne continued to work on his design, and in 1923 was granted a patent (No. 11373) for a 'Rotary Clothes Hoist', the first apparent use of the name, which used a handle turning a gear wheel, in mesh with a pinion, to adjust the height. Before Toyne moved to Adelaide he sold the rights to the McKirdy family, whose younger son, Keith, made further improvements resulting in additional patents.

Sources'Canberra Times' 13 December 1995, p. 17

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