Category Archives: Hall Street

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?


Promotional Brochure 1996

Frustratingly, most Goetz catalogues and promotional material did not include a publication date, but a clue in this comb-bound publicity brouchure saying that W. G. Goetz & Sons Ltd had “Over 121 years service to industry”, places the brochure at or shortly after 1996. The brochure lists various services provided by both W. G. Goetz & Sons Ltd and Goetz Manufacturing Pty. Ltd.

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Demolition 2008

The main workshops were demolished in 2008 to make way for new buildings that are now a small industrial estate. The original brick office building along Hall Street remains, now home to a number of businesses including a craft brewery. Perhaps as part of the Heritage Overlay on the building, the Goetz sign has been retained.


The photos in the gallery below were taken around June 2008 by Melbourne writer Vin Maskell, originally posted in his blog entry The Goetz engineering sign. Reproduced here by permission. Thanks Vin!

The photos in the gallery below were taken around May 2008, kindly supplied by Ron Collins.

Sales Charts 1947 – 1950

Typical of Goetz solid performance over the years, these charts show the details of Goetz Manufacturing Pty. Ltd. sales and expenses from 1947-1950

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July 1947 – June 1948






July 1948 – June 1949





July 1949 – June 1950

Hall Street Site Plan & Photos

Below: Site plan of the Hall Street factory and offices. Drawn 12th March 1980 by B.F. Street. Thanks to Ken Scott for rescuing this from being lost forever. Click on image for larger version.Hall-St-plan-large


A few photos from the factory in Hall Street, Spotswood, from an early catalogue.


Drawing-officeDrawing office

Grinding-section-in-tool-shopGrinding section, tool shop

Main-machine-shop-bayMain machine shop bay


  Robert Bradbury
Hi Goetz family, I’m the grandson of Charles Wagner of Wagner Bros Engineers Machine And Tool Manufacturers , Grattan And Berkeley Streets Carlton. We have some photos of what looks like a Goetz family picnic which includes my young grandfather Charles. They also came from southern Germany around 1890 to settle in Carlton in 1900 . There is also an original photo of Goetz Engineers Melbourne including Otto. I’m assuming there may have been friendship or a work related association as my great grandfather had horse racing interests also .Kind Regards
Robert Bradbury