Fishng tackle box


South Australian Maritime Museum

South Australian Maritime Museum
Port Adelaide, Australia

This beautifully organised tackle box reflects one man's passion and dedication to recreational fishing. South Australian anglers often made their own fishing equipment and accessories, demonstrating great ingenuity.
Painted turquoise green, this wooden tackle box has expandable shelves and compartments in the upper half. The top opens up to reveal the shelves and is closed with two clip brackets. The lid is hinged, and the shelves have slide bars at each outside end of the box. The accessories inside the box hint at the wide variety of fish caught by its owner, Alan Reed: green painted tobacco tins x 10; hooks 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5; sinkers; bottoms; swivels; squid jags x 3; various pieces of cork (hook safety holders); clear tubes containing snoozed hooks and two-ball sinkers x 4; white tube with whiting hooks (labelled); white tube with heavy multi-purpose grease (labelled), used for reels and rods; star sinker; plastic tube bags x 2 containing double header Norwegian Mustad hooks to nylon; reel of flax fishing line; drum reels for rods x 2, side casters; empty plastic containers x 2; Berley floats x 3; pencil floats x 3; and bob float.


  • Title: Fishng tackle box
  • Date Created: 1975-01-01/1995-12-31
  • Provenance: Tackle box made by the late Alan Reed. He was a mechanical engineer and toolmaker by trade and fishing was his hobby. Alan used this box when he fished off the Stansbury jetty on the Yorke Peninsula, South Australia and at Port Adelaide. He died in the 1990s and the box was donated to the South Australian Maritime Museum in his name.
  • Subject Keywords: fishing, Sport
  • Rights: History Trust of South Australia, CC-0, photographer: Kylie Macey

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