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Ledger Book

This is part of a ledger book with the name W. A. Morris printed on the front. This image below of the inside front cover and first page are an index of the contents and pages. However, most of the pages are blank. The first date is for 30th May 1952; the last entry, following P. 28, is for Hand Guillotine work for a customer W. H. Creek & Sons on 10th September 1982. There are few entries in the pages between, but they include work for customers such as Pak-Pacific, Gadsen, Cadbury, Queensland Can, RVB, Victorian Railways, Ansair and Goetz Manufacturing.

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With Compliments Slip – W. G. Goetz & Sons Ltd.

1960s ‘With Compliments’ slip showing the old post office sorting code for Spotswood W. 14 Vic. These codes were replaced by the current 4-digit post codes in 1967 by what was Australia Post’s predecessor, the Post Master General’s Department. The alpha numeric telephone codes were phased out during the 1960s, changing to numbers-only (7 digits) by 1971. STD code prefixes were added between 1971 and 1996, the 7 digit phone numbers were progressively changed to 8 digit numbers from 1996.
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15C – 15 Ton power press Instruction Manual & Blueprints

This post has a collection of blueprint diagrams, instruction cards and a user manual for the 15C, 15 Ton Power Press.

For photos, see the 15C Photo Post

Operating Instructions & Parts List

The instruction manual contains foldout copies of the following diagrams:

  • Foundation Diagram (date unclear, but appears to be a copy of a blueprint drawn on 18 September 1948 – see scanned copy below)
  • General Assembly diagram (originally drawn 20 July 1958)
  • Sub Assembly Brake diagram (originally drawn 2 September 1964)

Click the image below to download a PDF of the manual (6.4 MB)

 

Foundation Diagram Blueprint, 18 September 1945

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Press Details Blueprint, 30 June 1948

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Instruction & Schedule of Details Cards

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Envelope

The above blueprints and cards were sent to new Power Press owners in envelopes, some of which like this example, must have been old stock left over from when W. G. Goetz was located in West Melbourne. The old address has been crossed out and the Hall Street, Spotswood address has been added. ‘Pty’ has also been crossed out, reflecting the change to a public company from 1 April 1939.

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Cricket match report, poem

Thanks to Ray for the items.

A report from a Sunday cricket match between W. G. Goetz staff and the Goetz Die Shop, undated other than a reference to November. The report includes that “Ernie Pond after being hit for six first ball, realised he had 2/- on the game & so took three quick wickets.” Two Shillings shows that the game was during a pre-decimal currency year (i.e. prior to 14 Feb 1966). Other than that, the year and date of the game remains a mystery!

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Goetz cricket poem, 10 June 1970.
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Fly Press

The W. G. Goetz & Sons Fly Press in the photos below is believed to have been owned by what was the Bendigo Ordnance Factory and later, Hofmann Engineering.

The Bendigo Ordnance Factory began in 1942 to produce heavy artillery and naval guns. Around May 1989, Australian Defense Industries was created as a government-owned corporation, which took over the operations of major Australian government owned defense facilities including those at Bendigo.

As part of the plan to eventually privatise the industry, around 1999-2001 the Australian government enacted plans to sell ADI. The successful bid was that of the joint venture between Transfield and French group Thomson-CSF.

Thomson-CSF became known as Thales in December 2000 following its takeover of UK defense electronics group Racal Electronics.

By 2006, Thales increased what was its 50% share in ADI to full ownership. ADI became Thales Australia.

During 2010, Hofmann Engineering, who it seems had the Fly Press shown here, acquired 5 hectares of the Bendigo site from Thales Australia, including workshops.

Thanks to Michael for the photos. Click on an image below for a larger version

Canteen, parties and Christmas

Some photos supplied by Ray Pond, whose father Ernie was a Goetz employee. Dates unknown except where noted. If anyone has any info to share, please leave a comment!

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Ernie Pond as Santa. Text on the rear of the photo indicates that the photo was professionally taken:
‘A Candid Photograph by Raymond Mudford, .. Forrest Street Sunshine’.

 

Altona, 29 November 1981 – possibly a Goetz Christmas party

5 September 1975 – during a Goetz dinner perhaps?

 

Buffalo Forge Company – W. G. Goetz & Sons Ltd.

Here’s a photo of a metal plaque attached to an unknown machine made by W. G. Goetz & Sons Ltd. under licence from the Buffalo Forge Company, USA.

The ‘Ltd’ on the plaque indicates a date after April 1939, when W. G. Goetz & Sons Pty. Ltd. became a public company, dropping the ‘Pty.’ from its name.

If you know what it might have been attached to or have more info, please leave a comment!

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