Australia Day Fun Facts

Australia Day is celebrated on the 26th of January every year, marked by most Australians with a day off due to the national public holiday, along with parties, going to the beach and attending fireworks displays.

But do you really know what Australia Day really symbolises? We have compiled a list of some fun and interesting facts about Australia Day and our history that you may not have already known!

  • Australia Day is celebrated on this day because in 1788, Captain Arthur Philip, commandeering a small fleet with 736 convicts, entered Port Jackson (Sydney Harbour, Australia), which he described as “the finest harbour in the world”. A landing party was sent ashore. This was to be the site of the new settlement.

 

• The first recorded Australia Day celebrations were held on January 26, 1808 to mark twenty years since Captain Arthur Phillip raised the flag at Sydney Cove.

 

• Lachlan Macquarie was the first Australian Governor to hold the first “official” Australia Day celebrations in 1818, to mark thirty years of European settlement. The celebrations included a thirty gun salute and a ball at Government House.

 

• Australia Day was called “Foundation Day” in the early part of the nineteenth century, and was typically marked by sporting events including horse racing and boat races.

 

• The first colony to declare Australia Day as a public holiday was New South Wales in 1838, on the 50th anniversary of the Sydney Cove landing.

 

• By 1888 nearly all of the colonies had declared a public holiday to celebrate Australia Day, but it wasn’t until the 1940’s that January 26th was agreed upon by all states as the proper day to celebrate.

 

• The two animals featured on the Australian coat of arms are the Emu and the Kangaroo – the reason for this being that neither animal can walk backwards, but instead can always go forwards, symbolising Australia’s desire to do the same.

 

  • The name for the Australian marsupial kangaroo came about when some of the first white settlers saw this strange animal hopping along and they asked the Aborigines what it was called. They replied with ‘Kanguru’, which in the native language meant ‘I don’t know’.

 

  • Australia has the longest fence in the world. It is called the ‘dingo fence’ and is about twice as long as the Great Wall of China.

 

  • Many Aboriginal Australians do not like the idea of a day to celebrate the British landing, which is understandable.

 

Makinex partners with leading UK site machinery business – Morris Site Machinery

Makinex are constantly growing and this month has been no exception.

Makinex are pleased to announce that we will now be selling our products via Morris Site Machinery in the UK – a leading British manufacturer and distributor of a range of world leading on-site machinery.

 

Morris Machinery and Makinex have many common traits including priding themselves on having a reputation for quality products and providing first class service.

 

Morris Site Machinery will be selling the Makinex Range under the company’s Morris Select Range including:

 

  • Makinex Dual Pressure Washer
  • Makinex Jack Hammer Trolley
  • Makinex Powered Hand Truck

 

Rory Kennard and Paul Weaver, our International Sales Manager, spent some time in the beautiful English Countryside providing training for our products with the Morris Site Machinery Team.

 

Throughout the demonstration and training Rory was delighted with the enthusiastic response to the products from the sales and marketing teams. It was a no brainer for them as soon as they could see the innovative product range and the benefits they provide to the end user.

 

Especially the Powered Hand Truck that constantly amazes users as soon as they see the benefit to their team in terms of safety and time saved.

 

Phil Winnington, Managing Director at Morris Site Machinery commented: “Kennard’s have been our largest Australian customer for many years and we pride ourselves on our positive working relationship. 

 

“It was during a meeting together earlier this year that our Chairman Chris Morris and I spotted the Makinex products and asked to find out more.  We could see a distinct niche in the UK market for these kind of innovative, time saving devices and hence the plan was hatched to become a distributor in the UK, drawing on our own reputation for providing quality products to a wide range of industry sectors and customers.”

 

Paul said “Due to Morris’s experience and expertise in the construction equipment industry in the UK, we feel this is a perfect match, and are looking forward to the future.”

 

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Nokia Support use Makinex Generators

Makinex Generators have a reputation for being robust, reliable, and using the latest Alternator technology to provide users with parallel power whilst being 30% more compact than our competitor’s comparable product.

Nokia Communications supply first class support to their users, and want to ensure they use the best equipment for their field service unit.

Makinex have recently signed a national deal to supply every Nokia field service unit a Makinex 10kva Generator for reliable use in the field.

In the event of a Nokia support tower having a problem, their field service unit attend to the issue within 4 hours to ensure power is restored as soon as possible.

Nationwide the service units now have Makinex 10kva Generators in every service vehicle to ensure they can get the support tower back up and running.

 

Nokia needed to have a Generator that was

–          High Quality

–          Easily Mobile

–          Reliable

–          Compact – 550mm wide

–          3 phase capability

–          Australian designed and assembled

 

Makinex ticked every box.

Makinex Generators use the RFL permanent magnet alternator allowing us to manufacture our 10kva Generators 30% more compact than our competitors.

This meant they fit perfectly into the service vans.

Another feature Nokia liked about the Makinex 10kva Generators was the ability to parallel 2 units together to create a 20kva output.

Makinex national service and parts support ensured Nokia’s round the clock requirements were fulfiled.

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Makinex takes Agquip by storm

The Commonwealth Bank AgQuip field days is the nation’s biggest showcase of agri-products and, for many companies, it’s a rare chance to talk with and get a direct response from the people who use the products and services on sale.

 

Makinex products are the perfect match for this show. We are showcasing our Cormidi Dumper Range, and launching Cormidi Mini Loader for the first time. We also want to show you why you should be investing in high quality Generators, and looking after your staff with our Powered Hand Truck.

 

Come and see us at L23A, we are there til the end of the show on 20th August.

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PHT 140 The Backbone of the Hire & Rental Industry

Having staff that are healthy and able to do their jobs is the backbone of the Hire & Rental Industry.

If you’re staff have to take time off work due to workplace injuries this can affect all areas of the business.

 Makinex – Powered Hand Truck PHT-140 ( One Lift ) the award winning materials handling solution developed by Makinex and is the perfect partner for the Hire & Rental Industry.

 Allowing just one person to safely lift and load bulky goods weighing up to 140kg, it is a quick and easy alternative to using a forklift or tailgate loader, and most importantly it is safe.

 

Kennards Hire understand the importance of safetly within the workplace and have put togteher this video where they interview Rory our CEO about how the PHT came about the and benefits for businesses.

 

Watch the Video Here 

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 Kennard Hire recently quoted

“We saw a 34% decrease in shoulder and back injuries in the first year of using the Powered Hand Truck”

 We want to appeal to workers and businesses about the importance of health and safety in the workplace. There is often a poor communication and people tend to take unnecessary risks – The Powered Hand Truck eliminates some of those risks especially for back  and shoulders injuries.

 Makinex always want to find innovative ways to address issues within the workplace. Workers health and safety is paramount and the Makinex PHT 140 makes material handling safer and easier.

 To find out more information or request a quote contact – sales@makinex.com.au

 http://makinexuk.wpengine.com/products/powered-hand-truck

  For more information visit www.makinex.com.au

Or call 1300 795 953.

 

Announcement of Peter Maginnis joining the Makinex Team

Peter joined the Makinex team on 1st June 2015, after spending the last 10 years in the rental and self-storage industry.

 

Peter brings with him a passion to provide the best equipment rentals, sales and service to construction companies, builders contractors and landscapers, following the same goals as Makinex.

 

Rory Kennard says “I met Peter as part of the Global Rental Alliance in Australia and we have stayed in touch ever since, he has been a great mentor to me in setting up Makinex USA, I am very excited to have him as part of the ever growing Makinex team, and am looking forward to working with him full time to grow the American arm of our business.”

 

Peter will be working from our new North American Head Office based in Los Angeles, as we are expanding in the North American and Canadian space with the new business partnership between Makinex and Home Depot Canada and Home Depot online for our Jackhammer Trolleys and Tile Smasher Heads

 

Peter says

….”I am very excited about the products that Makinex has and feel like they are the best in the industry. The Makinex machines are the strongest built and really make the job easy! I look forward to selling these products to many customers so that they can work smarter not harder.”

 

 

The Makinex range in North America includes 

Jackhammer Trolley, Dual Pressure Washer, Mixing Station, and The Powered Hand Truck, we hope with the help of Peter to grow our distribution chain and dealer relationships in the future as well as introducing new products to the market.

Canycom Dumpers – Farewell Wheelbarrows

Makinex distribute the Canycom Swivel Dumper to many NSW Cemetery’s and Crematorium. The benefits of this machine to the cemetery industry are easy to see.

 With the ride-on tracked 180 degree swivel dumper with a pivoting bucket, it is designed for easy performance and maneuverability over rough and tight access terrain.

 It is only 980mm wide which makes it perfect for working in confined spaces, and with heavy duty rubber tracks and roller system provides a comfortable ride that minimizes ground damage.

 Makinex have recently provided Macquarie Park Cemetery and Crematorium 3 machines. Roland Wittkamp – burial coordinator says

“We at Macquarie Park Cemetery and Crematorium use the Canycom’s when digging in tight spaces such as in our monumental gravesite areas.

 The Canycom’s are easy and precise to manoeuvre in the tight spaces.

 This gives us the advantage to use machinery instead of wheelbarrows to remove the earth from a gravesite, which makes the work of course a lot easier and safer for us.

 The ability to spin the tipper tray on the spot  helps  us as well with the fill in, which again would otherwise be a manual and very labour intensive task.

 For the work situations we use the machines in, I can recommend them.”

 

 The benefits of this machine to the cemetery industry are a perfect match, and why would you use hard labour and a wheelbarrow when you can get the job done faster, easier and safer with the Canycom Dumper.

 Canycom Range Includes Canycom S100 1 tonne swivel dumper and Canycom S25A 2500KG Swivel Dumper.

 Other innovations designed by Makinex include the Cormidi Dumper Range, the  Jackhammer Trolley, a tile lifting and floor demolition tool, and Makinex Powered Hand Truck.

 For more information on the Makinex range of construction products, visit www.makinex.com or call 855–625-4639 or 855 MAKINEX

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By the power of Makinex – Small but powerful Generators

There are some machines you just can’t do without on a construction site.

 Power is one of those things.

Without it you may as well just go home…….

 When you do get power, it needs to be powerful, portable, and always be there when you need it.

 Makinex Petrol and Diesel Generators are the most advanced of their kind and offer the following benefits over the competitor:

  • Using the latest in alternator technology
  • Smaller and more compact than other models
  • Greater robustness with a galvanized frame
  • More fuel efficient
  • Easier to maneuver, store and transport

 Makinex are happy to boast that our generators are 15 % more efficient than other brands and with a casing size of 668 x 548 they are also the most compact.

 Makinex Generators are also able to combine 3 phase and single phase outlets , and have a very high start capacity.

 So – What does this mean for you the user?

 It means

  • You can store our little power hubs anywhere you like, on the back of your Ute, in the corner of the office, they are small and powerful and like all great machines you won’t even notice their there.
  •  Saving 15% on efficiency is not a small number to be sniffed at, making your business more efficient is money in your pocket, and money in your pocket can mean anything from buying a round of beers at the pub on a Friday night or taking your partner out to dinner. Sound Good? Hell Yeh!

 

No matter what job you are working on Makinex Petrol and Diesel Generators will work for you. Giving power to your equipment, tools, lighting, appliances, air conditioners, welders and brick saws. They are suitable for use in rental yards, construction sites, medical facilities and on farms where power is limited.

 Makinex Generators have been designed and developed to withstand harsh Australian weather conditions so you can feel confident to always have power.

 Makinex are also now offering a “Try Before You Buy Option” which shows the confidence in our products, so why not get in touch with either Paul or Joel at Makinex to find out more details.

 For more information visit www.makinex.com.au or call 1300 795 953.

By the power of Makinex – Small but powerful Generators

There are some machines you just can’t do without on a construction site.

Power is one of those things.

Without it you may as well just go home…….

When you do get power, it needs to be powerful, portable, and always be there when you need it.

Makinex Petrol and Diesel Generators are the most advanced of their kind and offer the following benefits over the competitor:

  • Using the latest in alternator technology
  • Smaller and more compact than other models
  • Greater robustness with a galvanized frame
  • More fuel efficient
  • Easier to maneuver, store and transport

Makinex are happy to boast that our generators are 15 % more efficient than other brands and with a casing size of 668 x 548 they are also the most compact.

Makinex Generators are also able to combine 3 phase and single phase outlets , and have a very high start capacity.

So – What does this mean for you the user?

It means

  • You can store our little power hubs anywhere you like, on the back of your Ute, in the corner of the office, they are small and powerful and like all great machines you won’t even notice their there.
  •  Saving 15% on efficiency is not a small number to be sniffed at, making your business more efficient is money in your pocket, and money in your pocket can mean anything from buying a round of beers at the pub on a Friday night or taking your partner out to dinner. Sound Good? Hell Yeh!

 

No matter what job you are working on Makinex Petrol and Diesel Generators will work for you. Giving power to your equipment, tools, lighting, appliances, air conditioners, welders and brick saws. They are suitable for use in rental yards, construction sites, medical facilities and on farms where power is limited.

Makinex Generators have been designed and developed to withstand harsh Australian weather conditions so you can feel confident to always have power.

Makinex are also now offering a “Try Before You Buy Option” which shows the confidence in our products, so why not get in touch with either Paul or Joel at Makinex to find out more details.

For more information visit www.makinex.com.au or call 1300 795 953.