From ‘The Argus’, Monday November 7th, 1955. p.25, this advertisement featuring the Goetz Model 400R can making machine was included as part of a souvenir lift out celebrating the opening of the then new H.J. Heinz factory at Dandenong.
According to articles elsewhere, young Henry John Heinz commenced by growing, packing and selling his first product, horseradish, in his neighbourhood of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in the USA in 1869. His product ‘lines’ soon extended to and beyond the famous ’57 varieties’, which became the company slogan in 1896.
Although Heinz products became available in Australia from around 1895, demand was such that an Australian factory had to be set up. Its Australian operations commenced in October 1935 in a converted former piano factory in Richmond, Victoria. Perhaps as a nod to H.J.’s original product, bottled horseradish was the first product off the line at Richmond. By 1939, there were 40 employees, but the move to Dandenong saw an expansion of the workforce to 350 employees.
Although still headquartered in Melbourne, Heinz closed the Dandenong factory in 2000.
The extra requirements of wartime defense production at Goetz saw the construction of a new building adjacent to the main factory in Hall Street Spotswood.
Registered on 29 November 1940, Goetz Annexe Pty. Ltd. was formed as a subsidiary company of W.G.Goetz and Sons Ltd. Renamed Goetz Annexe Limited and finally Goetz Manufacturing Pty. Ltd., the company was deregistered on 11 July 2003. (ref: businessofaustralia.com)
These September 1941 newspaper clippings report that double 12 hour shifts had been undertaken in the preceding year, doubling regular production output. By October 1941, the defence annexe was in full production.
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Goetz was noted for taking part in ‘patriotic programs which help the war effort’. Commercial Broadcasting journal, 28 January 1943, p. 12
Below: Some of the Goetz made munition percussion and timer caps from WWII. These particular items in the photos were used by my grandfather Otto Goetz at home as paperweights. As a small boy, I used to play with them when I visited him. Neal
The land on which the Goetz annexe operated was actually owned by the Department of Munitions. Following the war, in May 1947 W. G. Goetz and Sons Ltd. purchased the land, including all ‘buildings and services’ through the Commonwealth Disposals Commission.
Below: Sales advice from the Commonwealth Disposals Commission regarding Goetz’s purchase of the annexe site from the Department of Munitions, 16th May 1947. Click image for larger version.
Below: A letter dated 22nd September 1947 from the Commonwealth Disposals Commission to advise the Department of the Interior that the land owned by the Department of Munitions (on which Goetz had been operating the annexe), had been sold to Goetz. Goetz paid £10,000 on 16th May 1947. Click image for larger view.
‘The Argus’ Saturday 6th February 1897 p. 11 reports that W.G.Goetz was called before public service commissioners to give evidence in the case that the senior engine driver for the Post Office had accepted ‘tips or bribes from W. Goetz’ and had permitted ‘Goetz to make ‘excessive charges’.