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Albert Goetz

Albert Goetz (21 Dec 1884 – 27 Dec 1952) was the second youngest son of Wilhelm Gottlob and Sarag Goetz. Along with younger brother Otto, Albert was a director at W. G. Goetz and Goetz’s Hall Street Spotswood neighbour, RVB Engineering, until (or close to) the year of his death. In July 1953, Peter Moss was appointed as a director to fill the vacancy left by the death of Albert, and Otto was appointed Chairman of Directors.

Albert was married to Vera, whose sister May was married  to Albert’s brother Otto.

Below: This photo of Albert Goetz appeared in newspapers in 1940, when he was 56 year old, but looks like it may be an earlier photo. It was used as a file photo until 1950.

Below: The Herald, 15 August 1950, p.6


Albert died on 27 December, 1952, aged 68. The Herald, 29 December 1952, p.3


Employees of W. G. Goetz and Sons had a superannuation fund available to them by arrangement with National Mutual Life. Unfortunately when Goetz was bought in the late ’90s, the new owner did not fulfil his obligations to make sufficient contributions to the fund, leaving employees entitlements in the hands of Administrators. Read about how the business practices of the new owner caused the ruin of the company here.

Below: A letter to a Goetz employee to advise that his application for superannuation had been successfully processed. The booklet and nomination form referred to in the letter are shown below. Click image for larger view.


Below: Accompanying the letter above was this information booklet signed by company secretary Frank Craddock c.February 1969, including a Nomination Form for payment of the employee’s benefits, should the employee die whilst working at Goetz. Click images for larger views.


 In a Report to Creditors on 12 October 1999, the Administrators “estimated the value of the entitlements at $587,229, including redundancy & notice.” However, a report to creditors from the Pattisons (business advisors and insolvency specialists) on 28 June 2004 advised “that the employees of W. G. Goetz, as priority creditors in the liquidation have been paid approximately 91 cents in the dollar out of their total claims of $862,806.44. Regrettably as there are no further assets to be realised there will be no further dividends paid to employees.” The Pattisons report also mentioned that the liquidators of Goetz subsidiary Goetz Manufacturing P/L had finished their administration.

A newspaper article in The Mail, 29 March 2000, reported that Goetz Manufacturing’s 48 employees had been paid off in full, “including redundancy, entitlements, superannuation, annual leave and long service leave.” (see newspaper clipping ‘Hammer falls on history’ on this page.)

Below: During the demise of W. G. Goetz and Sons, employees received notice from the ATO advising them of the lack of superannuation contributions by the company (under its new owner) and that they would need to contact the Liquidator for further information.Click image for larger view.

Fax Pad

Facsimile transmission has been around in some form since Scottish inventor Alexander Bain created a rudimentary fax device he called the ‘Electric Printing Telegraph’ in 1843. Xerox Corporation introduced the first commercialised version of what is regarded as the the modern fax machine in 1964. In 1980 a standard fax communication protocol called G3 was adopted by the International Telecommunications Union including fax manufacturers, which saw fax uptake rates soar as prices dropped – in 1982 a fax machine could cost $20,000!

Despite the fax’s huge popularity before email came along (bringing with it in 1990 the first incidence of email spam), the fax ‘dinosaur of tech’ isn’t dead yet. Many businesses and medical services still like to use fax; it doesn’t require computer literacy to operate, and is generally more secure than its digital counterparts – it’s hard to hack a fax!

W. G. Goetz and Sons Ltd. fax pad, A4 210 x 297 mm. Click image for larger view.

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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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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