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Biographical entry Shearer, David (1850 - 1936)

7 November 1850
Orkney Islands, Scotland
15 October 1936
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Inventor and Agricultural machinery maker


David Shearer, with his brother John, set up as farm implement makers in Mannum, South Australia in 1877. They took out a number of patents and the business expanded. He is credited with inventing the first steam automobile in Australia and differential gears.

Published resources


  • Colwell, Max, Australian Transport: an illustrated history, Hamlyn, Sydney, 1972, 153 pp. Details

Book Sections

  • Gibberd, Joyce, 'Shearer, John (1845-1932) and David (1850-1936), Agricultural Machinery Manufacturers and Inventors', in Geoffrey Serle (ed.), Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 11, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1988, pp. 586-587. Also available at Details

Online Resources

See also

McCarthy, G.J.