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Advocate Burnie, 1 October 1937

Factory Site Brings £14,730

£400,000 PLANT TO BE ERECTED

GEELONG Thursday.

The site of 40 acres, known as the old freezers, at North Shore, Geelong, was bought at a land auction today by the International Harvester Co. of Australia for £14,730/12/6.

A condition of the sale was that plant, valued at not less than £200,000, should be built within three years, and 200 workers employed, but the managing director of the company (Mr. G. L. McHenry) announced at a subsequent gathering that within that time about 400 hands would be employed, and the plant it was proposed to erect would cost about £400,000.

Australian equipment and materials would be used to the greatest possible extent, he said.


The Mercury Hobart 23 April 1938

NEW FACTORY

Geelong Projects To Cost £500,000

MELBOURNE. April 22

The new factory building of the International Harvester Co. of Australia Pty. Ltd. at Geelong, which, with equipment, will cost about £500.000, is expected to be completed before June. The factory will give employment in the manufacture of farm implements to about 450 men. It will occupy portion of the site of 45 acres which was purchased by the company last year at North Shore, Geelong, for £13,730.


The Western Australian 23 April 1938

£500,000 FACTORY BUILDING.

MELBOURNE, April 22.--The new factory building of the International Harvester Co. of Australia Pty., Ltd., at Geelong, which will cost with equipment about £500,000, is expected to be completed before next June. The factory will give employment in the manufacture of farm implements to about 450 men. It will occupy portion of the site of 45 acres which was purchased by the company last year at North Shore, Geelong, for £13,730.


The Argus Melbourne 23 April 1938

BIG GEELONG FACTORY

£500,000 PROJECT

Costing with equipment about £500,000, the new factory building of the Inter national Harvester Co. of Australia Pty. Ltd. at Geelong is expected to be completed before June next year. The factory will give employment in the manufacture of farm Implements to about 450 men.

The managing director of the company (Mr. G. L. McHenry) said yesterday that with the arrival this week of Mr. J. D. McGann, chief constructional engineer of the International Harvester Co., Chicago, final plans for the building would be decided soon. The building will be of substantial construction, and will be planned so that extensions can be easily made as required.

The building will occupy portion of the site of 45 acres which was purchased by the company last year at North Shore, Geelong, for £13,730. Condition of purchase was that a factory building costing £200,000 should be built on the land within three years.

About 450 men would be employed in the factory.

The West Australia Perth 24 November 1938

FACTORY AT GEELONG

International Harvester Company.

Work on the construction of the extensive factory for the International Harvester Company of Australia Pty. Ltd., at Geelong, shows remarkable progress in a brief period. In July the first material was brought to the site which lies between the Geelong railway line and Corio Bay, and today the first block of buildings, covering several acres, is well on the way to completion. An important stage in the work has been reached in the installation of the two cupola furnaces for the melting of grey iron and malleable castings to be used in the manu- facture of implements and other agricultural equipment. To date several thousand tons of structural steel have been erected to form the main frames of the buildings, the walls and roofs of which are being rapidly covered with corrugated fibrolite sheets. This fireproof material is also used in moulded forms for the window frames and roof lights. A loop line from the North Shore railway into the factory is finished, and the road connecting the works with the North Shore-road is under construction. In Corio Bay the Geelong Harbour Trust is dredging a deep anchorage for ships which will be able to berth at the company's wharf.

The Argus Melbourne 23 May 1939

"RUNNING THE FIRST HEAT."

Four months after the first sod was turned for the erection "of the big International Harvester Works at Geelong, the first heat was run in the foundry - a remarkable example of quick constructional work. The two large cupola furnaces, which produce from Australian iron the metal for manufacturing the long range cupola furnaces, which produce from Australian iron the metal for manufacturing the long range of McCormick-Deering high-quality agricultural machines and implements, are now in regular operation. Inset.- Pouring metal from one of the furnaces.


The Argus 14 July 1939

INTERNATIONAL HARVESTER

GEELONG.-Almost on the first anniversary of the turning of the first sod for the International Harvester buildings at North Shore, 350 agents of the company throughout Victoria were able to visit the plant on Thursday and witness production. The visitors, who travelled to North Shore by special train, were welcomed by the Geelong manager (Mr. H. B. Zimmerman), who said that the progress in the 12 months had been good, but he predicted greater progress within the next 12 months.


The Mercury Hobart 30 March 1940

R.A.A.F. LIAISON OFFICERS

London Staff To Be Increased

SYDNEY, March 29.

The Minister for Air (Mr. Fairbairn) said today that the staff of the Royal Australian Air Force liaison officers in London would be substantially increased to co-operate with the British Air Ministry for the earliest possible delivery of Fairey Battles and Avro Ansons required in Australia for the Empire air scheme.

The International Harvester store at Geelong would be taken over for the assembly of Fairey Battles, said the Minister, and it was likely that the Avro Ansons would be assembled in Sydney.

The first Australian-trained air crews and ground personnel would be in service overseas by Christmas after a course of about seven months. A second batch of men was expected to be in Canada by next Spring for advanced training. It was expected that No. 3 Squadron at Richmond would be assigned for army co-operation with the Second A.I.F. In Palestine.

The Argus Melbourne 17 June 1941

GEELONG ITEMS

WORKERS' WAR EFFORT

Among the Industrial establishments at which work was carried on yesterday in spite of the public holiday was the International Harvester Company’s works at Geelong At a meeting of the men in the afternoon it was decided that, as they were being paid double time for working on the holiday, and as a patriotic action they would voluntarily subscribe to a special collection to be used to provide a mobile X-ray unit for the forces overseas. Work was also carried out at Geelong Woollen Mills yesterday.


Advocate Burnie 24 December 1946

(Two photo captions)

Above: Aerial view of the International Harvester Company's site at North Shore, Geelong, showing proposed extensions where McCormick-Deering International tractors and International motor trucks will be manufactured. The company will spend £1,630,000 on expansion of buildings and additional tooling of its Geelong plant.

At left: Mr. R. B. Bradley, chairman of the board of directors of the International Harvester Co. of Australia Pty. Ltd.

The Argus 19 June 1948

COMMUNITY CENTRE

The Prahran Methodist Community Centre will hold anniversary services in the Prahran Town Hall tomorrow, at 11, 3, and 7. The Rev F. H. Rayward, superintendent of the Sydney Central Mission, will be the preacher. At the 3 and 7 o'clock services there will be special singing by the Geelong International Harvester Male Choir.


The Argus Melbourne 2 November 1948

6-mile walk to work, bus fares protest

GEELONG, Mon: More than 1,000 employees of the International Harvester Company at North Geelong walked up to six miles to work this morning as a protest against in-creased bus fares.

Most other Geelong industries were affected by the rise in fares on all buses operated by Bender's Bus Services.

The bus ban was lifted this after noon after a conference between the employees' transport committee, executives of the International Harvester Company, and the Geelong City Council.


Advocate Burnie 22 March 1950

MAKING 300 TRACTORS A MONTH

MELBOURNE, Tuesday. - Three hundred tractors a month are now rolling from the production lines at the International Harvester Company's new tractor works at North Shore, Geelong.

These are modern tractors, built of Australian materials by Australian workmen, and their efficiency has been proved to be equal to any in the world, even the home of tractors, the United States.

To-day several hundred dealers from agricultural centres in all parts of Australia went to Geelong to see International W-6 and the Farmall-M tractors being manufactured under the most modern mass-production methods.

The new automotive section of the plant has been established for the large-scale manufacture of two models of wheel tractors, three models of motor trucks and a four and six-cylinder engine, which will be made available to Australian manufacturers of industrial equipment for incorporation in their products as prime movers or as separate power units.




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