Snatch block; Sewnella Bros. Ltd Victoria Australia; 1890's; 2008-07


Snatch block

About this object

The snatch block used in the timber industry. It allowed the surplus wire rope to be taken around the open jaws that clamped shut when the tension was applied. It is made of cast steel and has a patent number. Used around the late 19th century when trees were felled to make way for farmland in the North Taranaki area.


Sewnella Bros. Ltd Victoria Australia

Maker Role


Date Made


Place Made

New Zealand

Medium and Materials

Cast steel, and wire rope

Subject and Association Description

Steel snatch block used in the logging industry late 19th century when trees were felled to make way for farmland in North Taranaki

Credit Line

Gift to TATATM

Object Type

Snatch block

Object number


Copyright Licence  

All rights reserved

04 Jan 2012 18:16 PM,UTC

This is made by Trewhella Bros who are still going today in the UK. Famous for the legendary trewhella monkey winch designed for uprooting trees. Believe it or not you can still get these grabs and the winches today brand new at the grabs shown here: there is a bit on the history of them too. I still use my winch and grab here in the uk for pulling trees over, phenomenal pulling winching power, but not for the light hearted!!


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