Schermuly Rocket; Alfred Schermuly; Barrie and Gowrie Carruthers; 70s; 2015/10

Name/Title

Schermuly Rocket

About this object

Originally invented in the early 20th Century to help save lives in the event of a shipwreck, the Carruthers brothers of the Mokau district modified this Schermuly Rocket in the early 70s to bring television to many farming families in remote parts of the region.The brothers were pioneers of television in North Taranaki and would shoot 180lb nylon and wires in excess of 800 metres to facilitate the installation of television feeder wires from the top of hills, over virgin bush to farmhouses below.

Maker

Barrie and Gowrie Carruthers

Maker Role

Inventor

Maker

Alfred Schermuly

Maker Role

Inventor

Date Made

70s

Place Made

North Taranaki

Medium and Materials

Metal, nylon

Inscription and Marks

136771
patent no. 179997

Measurements

Rocket
H 6cm x L 73cm x W 9.5cm

Rocket Launcher
H 15.5cm x L 58cm x W 8cm

Subject and Association Description

Other inventions from Barrie Carruthers in this museum:
Electric Dog collar
Telephone Activated Pager
Precision Microcircuits

Object Type

Rockets

Object number

2015/10

Copyright Licence  

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