Thomas Duffell and his family migrated from Hackney, England to Australia in 1927, on the 'Narkunda'. Thomas had been asked by the Commonwealth Printing Branch in Fitzroy to come over and work for them, because they could not find enough local printing expertise.
For various Australian issues from 1936 to 1946, Duffell engraved subsidiary dies. The practice of subsidiary dies is as follows: from a cylinder from which the denominations were erased, subsidiary dies were laid down for further values in the same design. The engraving of the denominations on these were done by Duffell.
Frank D Manley.
Thomas, who also worked as a transferrer, was second in charge (behind Manley) of the Engraving Department. Both his son Eric and his son-in-law Archibald Gordon Maclaurin held positions within the Commonwealth printing Branch, with his son being a maintenance engraver.
- The Australian Commonwealth Specialists' Catalogue, Brusden-White (1999)
- collections.museumvictoria.com.au website
You will find the database of Thomas C Duffell HERE.