Bill Dare, from Kurnell in New South Wales started making Nottingham reels just after World War II. He was an iron moulder by trade and later took up carpentry and boat building. These skills were used to make reels between the mid 1940’s and 1950’s. The lathe he used was specially designed. The wooden spools, metal spindles and handles were all made by Bill himself. The other parts came from an outside foundry. The reels were sold directly to the public for 30 shilling s which was half the price of overseas reels.