Today’s object is an electric fence unit. The front door opens to give access to the controls for the unit. An early application of the electric fence was developed in 1936/1937 by New Zealand inventor William “Bill” Gallagher Snr. Built from a car’s ignition coil and a meccano set, Gallagher used the device to keep his horse from scratching itself against his car. The Gallagher Group of companies is still heavily involved in electric fencing for livestock control.
If you have information about this unit that would be useful for our catalogue contact the museum on 0800 111 323 or firstname.lastname@example.org, Aotea Utanganui Museum of South Taranaki Heritage Collection TN.0017.56.