Category Archives: Closing Machines

Edgell and the 11PSV Can Closer

In the 24 August 1959 edition of the Sydney Morning Herald, there was a 7-page series of articles about canned food. Among the articles were entries congratulating Gordon Edgell & Sons Ltd. on the release of their new product – Edgell-Gerber Baby Food, manufactured at their new plant in Bathurst. Around the same time, in order to supply Edgell with cans for the baby foods section, Containers Limited opened a can making plant nearby.

The W. G. Goetz & Sons advertisement featured the 11PSV 4-head high speed automatic can closing machine, as used by Edgell.


Sydney Morning Herald, 24 Aug 1959, p. 14


Can seamer at the Containers Limited plant, near the Edgell factory, Bathurst. Difficult to tell in this photo, but perhaps another Goetz machine?

12P Can Closer

This can closer was designed to handle cans 70/73 mm diameter and 110 mm high. The 550 cans per minute Steamflow Cannery model included random straight line infeed and filler drive, able to handle diameters between 52 – 102 mm and heights between 37 – 180 mm.

Thanks to George from Fallsdell Machinery for the photos and info.


Catalog pages (undated) – 12 P can seamer, can closer

Click images for larger views, or download as a PDF here (1.7Mb)

47p Masterfoods, Wodonga

The machine in the photo below is the Goetz 47p 12 Head Closer installed at Masterfoods  production line A at Wodonga in 1994. This machine also has a 52 valve air piston filler attached. By 2002, this machine had filled over 20 billion cans!

Click image for larger version

In 1991, Goetz installed to Uncle Ben’s production line G, an 8 header closer and 99 dia 47p maxi can, used for producing pet food. By 2002 it had produced 9 billion cans.

In 2005 Ken Scott designed and built, with Masterfoods workers, a new 36 air piston rod valve UF filler. Commencing production in 2006, this machine had the same setup as the Masterfoods A and G line 47p fillers.

Source: Ken Scott.

Below: The 47p manual weighed in at about 150 pages. Click image of larger view.








One thought on “47p Masterfoods, Wodonga”

  1. Tony Ruth
    I have a number of photos of 2 large Goetz C presses that I’d like to submit. How can I do so.
    One has GOETZ cast into the frame, the other has W.G GOETZ & Sons LTD Melbourne.

20-P Automatic Can Closing Machine

20-P-flyer-thumbClick image above for larger version.
Or click the link to download as a PDF 20-P Goetz flyer



20-P-Manual-cover_thumbClick the link to download the 20-P manual as a PDF 20-P Manual-web

Below: When customers took delivery of a new machine, they were given a manila envelope containing the parts list and instructions. Click image for larger view.

Below: 20p machine made for Colby’s powered milk production. Photo courtesy Ken Scott. Click for larger version.

20P-Closer“Hi, I am in the photo of the 20_P Auto­matic Can Clos­ing Machine. The peo­ple in this photo are From
Left to Right (one either side of the machine) — Alis­tair McLen­nan, Jimmy Bird, Bill Dou­glas, Ken Scott
In front of machine — Peter Boylan”. Thanks for the info Peter.




peter boylan November 7, 2015 at 2:49 am

Hi, I am in the photo of the 20_P Automatic Can Closing Machine. The people in this photo are From
Left to Right (one either side of the machine) – Alistair McLennan, Jimmy Bird, Bill Douglas, Ken Scott
In front of machine – Peter Boylan

Peter Boylan

Tony Marks December 26, 2015 at 3:39 am

I have just been reading about the history of WG Goetz and recognised a couple of very familular faces in the above picture. Having worked at Goetz for the best part of seven years in my late teens and early twenties I have many great memories of a great bunch of blokes and great trades people!

Gerry Zammit June 6, 2016 at 1:21 am

greetings just an interested reader, have a bit of a passion for Australian industrial history – is there anything left at all of this great company – did Mr Rotherham end up going to jail when he ruined it – I am deeply saddened if this great manufacturer has disappeared . Regards

Post author September 12, 2016 at 2:55 am
Hi Gerry. NO, nothing left of the company. According to the ASIC website “Mr Northam was sentenced today by Judge Anderson in the Melbourne County Court to six months jail, to be released immediately on his entering into a recognisance in the sum of $500 to be of good behaviour for a period of two years.” (Mr Charles Victor Northam, not Mr. Rotherham). Regards.