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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Goetz Sign, Hall Street

The Geotz sign used to sit proudly high up on the workshops wall at the Hall Street end of the saw-tooth roof, as seen in the 1963 photo below. Following demolition of the workshops in 2008, the sign was relocated to its present location above the roof of the remaining brick building along Hall Street. The remaining former office complex building has a Heritage Overlay, which hopefully includes the sign. For details of the Heritage Overlay, see this PDF, p.33

Aerial view of the Hall Street works showing the sign in its original position, from a 1963 catalogue.
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The sign in 2015, looking weather-worn and a bit shabby.
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Re-drawn version of the sign with best guess as to the original colours.
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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.

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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