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Jobs, jobs, jobs!

A collection of job advertisements from ‘The Age’ newspaper.

Jobs-The-Age-13-Mar-1940-p1813 March 1940. p.18

Jobs-The-Age-2-Feb-1946-p182 February 1946. p.18

Jobs-The-Age-23-MAr-1946-p1923 March 1946. p.19

Jobs-The-Age-29-June-1946-p1929 June 1946. p.19

Jobs-The-Age-27-Jan-1951-p1227 January 1951. p.12.
In the early 1950s, Goetz brought skilled tradesmen from the U.K. under a migration scheme sponsored by the Victorian Chamber of Manufacturers. As part of the scheme, Goetz was obliged to provide accommodation for workers and therefore purchased suitable properties at Newport and Williamstown.

In addition to the cost of the accommodation properties, extra finance was needed as Goetz had acquired an interest in a foundry in Grace Street Dandenong in 1948, and made outright purchase in 1949 whereupon they commenced construction of an ‘up to date’ facility on the site. By 1951, the new foundry was still incomplete, requiring an additional ₤8,000 to complete the work.

Therefore, in April 1951 the company made available an issue of 35,000 ₤1 5% Cumulative Preference Shares.


Jobs-The-Age-31-Mar-1951-p3031 March 1951. p.30

1 March 1952. p.41


New Employee Work Agreement, 1978

New-employee-work-agreement-1978-thumbAbove: Thumbnail image only. To download the document as a PDF, click this link: Work_agreement_1978

The 1978 standard new employee work agreement, provided a short history of the company plus working terms and conditions.

The official history claims September 1875 as the foundation date, but no evidence has been found for commencement in that year. Contrary evidence suggests a later date; perhaps 1878 or 1880. See this page for details: ‘Beginnings – Queen Street Melbourne’

Thanks to Ron Collins for the work agreement document.

Apprenticeship Brochure


Above: From ‘The Navy’ magazine. July 1950, Vol 14, no. 7, p.6. Click image for larger version.

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  Trevor Dunstan March 23, 2016 at 8:50 am
I worked at W. G. Goetz & Sons from February 1979 until Easter 1983 as an Apprentice Fitter and Turner in Engineering side of Goetz. I believe that working at Goetz gave me a great start to mine (maybe didn’t recognize this at the time) and many others working careers. Most apprentices I know or hear of that worked there are successful in both that careers and at life. To think back to our old bosses such as Scotty, Bluey, Thommo and Hec Mitchell gave us the traits they installed in us should be applauded.Most of my time was spent on the Lathes but the type of different machines that you could be placed on was vast and I would be surprised if any current apprentices get this opportunity. I think I was successful at my job as midway through my 4th year I was employed as the Quality Control Inspector or this maybe was to keep me out of the way HA HA.Thank you to the many tradesmen how taught me many things. Theo Moltz, Jimmy Bird, Macca, Ray, Colin, Steve and may more and the other apprentices who some I still see and some who unfortunately has passed away, life is too short.Goetz was a special place and it still surprises me how many people who I didn’t know but worked there.My trade gave the chance to become a Maintenance Planner, Manufacturing Manager and now Own and operate my own Engineering Company.Thank you for taking the time to read my story.Best regards,Trevor Dunstan