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The Argus Melbourne 19 May 1936


With general cargo from Halifax the steamer Canadian Constructor arrived at Geelong from Sydney on Monday and berthed at North Wharf. Most of the Geelong cargo comprises motor parts for the Ford Motor Co of Australia. On the completion the vessel will load general cargo and will go on to Melbourne on Wednesday. The motor-ship Triaster is discharging phosphatic rock from Nauru.

Working at the Ford Motor Company’s plant at North Shore on Monday, Percival Squires, of Albert street, Geelong West was struck in the hand by a quantity of falling steel. He received treatment at the Geelong and District Hospital.

The Argus Melbourne 31 July 1936

Injuries Cause Death

GEELONG Thursday - Injuries which caused his death were suffered by

James Young, aged 82 years, of Liverpool street, North Geelong, when the horse-drawn vehicle in which he was riding came into collision with a motor truck driven by Thomas McInerney, of Mercer street, Geelong, in Donnelly avenue, North Shore. Young was thrown to the roadway and suffered a fractured skull. He died soon after admittance to the Geelong Hospital.

The Argus Melbourne 18 August 1936


School Ceremony on Friday

GEELONG Monday-At the Geelong Grammar School Corio on Friday at 3 p. m., Mr John Manifold, chairman of the school council, will lay the foundation stone of the Francis Brown house now being built facing the chapel oval. The new house, which is part of the extension plan advocated by the head master (Mr. J. R. Darling) is called after Dr. F. E. Brown, who was head master of the school when it was moved to Corio from the old site in Geelong. Dr. Brown was head master from 1912 to 1929.

The building will be two-storey, with a three-storey section at one end, and will contain the master's residence. A feature of the building will be the amount of window space in all the living rooms. Five studies will be provided for the senior boys in the house. The middle boys will be allotted cabins in the living rooms and the junior boys will have their own space at the tables, so that each boy in the house will have his special place.

It is expected that a large number of old boys from distant parts will be present at the ceremony and Archbishop Head will also take part.

The Argus Melbourne 10 December 1936



At Half-past two O’ Clock and Quarter to Three O’ Clock

In the Auction room of WM. M. REID PTY LTD

Auctioneers and Real Estate Agents, l8 Malop Street, Geelong


By Order of the Mortgagee



The LAND was Subdivided in 1938 into 500 Building Allotments and is Adjacent to the Geelong Grammar School, Corio Railway Station, Commonvealth Seaplane Base and Corio Bay.

It is to be OFFERED for SALE in Two Groups as follows -

GROUP I To be Offered for Sale at 2. 30 O’ Clock Comprises 346 Lots.

GROUP 2 To be Offered for Sale at 2. 45 O’ Clock Comprises 163 Lots.

TERMS -One quarter Deposit. Balance of Purchase Price within Thirty Days.


The Geelong Advertiser 9 July 1937



One hundred and twenty points of rain were registered for the week. This fall constitutes one of the best downpours this locality has experienced for many months. Following the series of heavy frosts, it was particularly welcome.


The s.s. Triona is discharging phosphatic rock at Lascelles Wharf. Early next week the s.s. Tamon Maru is expected to discharge a shipment of sulphur.


Quite a gloom was spread over the district on Tuesday afternoon when it was learnt that Kevin James Power, the eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. J.J. Power, of North Shore, had succumbed, as the result of a fatal injury. The child, who was nearly eight years of age, apparently tripped while running round a corner of a building at the Convent of Mercy, Bay Street, North Geelong, and struck his temple against the corner of the weatherboard structure. He was immediately removed to the Geelong Hospital, but died before admission. Kevin, who was a particularly bright and promising child, was loved by all and was well known to all the residents. The regret of his untimely death was exemplified by the large number of mourners who followed his remains to the Eastern Cemetery on Wednesday afternoon. The funeral left the residence of his parents in North Shore for the Roman Catholic Church (St. John’s), North Geelong, where an impressive service was conducted by the Rev. Father Broderick. His many schoolmates lined the route of the funeral procession at the entrance to the church as the casket, borne by six of his schoolmates, was carried into the building. The children sang “Suffer the Little Children”, ”Angel Guardians” and “Nearer my God to Thee”, as a procession of a group of first communicants entered the church. The funeral then moved to the Eastern Cemetery followed by a long procession of cars. The esteem in which the family and the deceased were held was evidenced by the large number of floral tributes. Wreaths were sent by all of various members of Kevin’s dancing class at North Shore, the Mothers’ Club, and a beautiful wreath from the employees of the Phosphate Cooperative Company at North Shore, as well as many others. Much sympathy is extended to the bereaved parents.

The coffin-bearers were Ron Hinksman, Vincent Kelly, Brian Turner, Kevin Dean and Norman Barclay.


The club’s euchre party, in conjunction with the Band of Hope Queen, will be held again next Tuesday night, when another good evening is anticipated.

Injuries etc still keep the team on the bottom of the premiership list, and today’s match at Modewarre will be keenly contested to decide who is to hold the bottom place.

The Argus Melbourne 4 February 1937


Working at the Ford Motor Co. plant at North Shore on Wednesday, Alfred Massey, aged 61 years, of Swinburne street, Geelong, lacerated and fractured a bone in his right thumb when it came in contact with a circular saw. Massey was later admitted to the Geelong Hospital.

With about 200 tons of heavy machinery for the Ford Motor Co of Australia, the motor ship Sawokla arrived from New York on Wednesday. To load 7,500 tons of wheat for the Victorian Wheatgrowers Corporation at the bulk handling plant, the motor ship Vinemoor reached Geelong from Dunedin (N.Z.) on Wednesday. The vessel will load for Europe.

The Courier-Mail Brisbane 12 February 1937


MELBOURNE. Thursday,

In attempting to land a large fish from the pier at North Shore, Geelong, last night, William Alfred Misson (39), of North Geelong, fell into the water and was drowned. His line became entangled under the pier, and in attempting to free it he overbalanced. Misson's small son notified the caretaker of the pier, who plunged in and brought Misson to the shore. Resusitation was unsuccessful.


Advocate Burnie, 1 October 1937

Factory Site Brings £14,730


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 Argus Melbourne 4 January 1938


GEELONG, Monday.

Jack C. Hinksman, of North Shore, and his son, Ronald, aged 11 years, narrowly escaped injury to-day when a motor-truck in which they were travelling was struck by a goods train at the North Shore level crossing.

Hinksman was on the crossing when he saw the 6.40 a.m. goods train from Geelong approaching. He has a knowledge of the times at which the trains run, and did not expect the train for at least 10 minutes. He accelerated rapidly, but was unable to clear the crossing in time to avoid the engine, which struck the back of the truck. The truck was thrown clear. Hinksman and his son were not injured.

The Argus 19 February 1938


GEELONG, Friday.-An extraordinary election for the Moorpanyal Riding of the Shire of Corio, caused by the resignation of Mr. G. Evans, resulted:- A. S. Thomson, of Corio, 380; Mr. G. Casey, of North Geelong, 315. Majority for Thomson, 65.

The Mercury Hobart 23 April 1938


Geelong Projects To Cost £500,000


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


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


The Argus Melbourne 26 May 1938

North Shore Suspension

GEELONG Wednesday - The independent tribunal of the Geelong Sub district Football League to-night suspended Clifford Cahir of North Shore for two playing Saturdays. Cahir was charged with having struck E. Walters of the CYMS team, in the match last Saturday.

The Argus Melbourne 6 October 1938


Mr. L. C. Reed has been appointed general manager of United Distillers Pty.Ltd. United Distillers are managing agents for Federal Distilleries Pty. Ltd., Port Melbourne, and the Distillers Corporation Pty. Ltd., Corio. These companies are respectively the distillers of the well-known Old Court whisky and Corio Special and Vickers gin. Before the present appointment Mr. Reed had spent his business life with John Connell and Co. Ltd., of which company he was in recent years a director and general manager.

Mr. C. J. Cruickshank, after 44 years’service with the Distillers Co. Ltd. and its subsidiary companies in Australia,will retire from the position of secretary of United Distillers Pty. Ltd. as from March 31 next. The board of United Distillers has appointed Mr. B. A. Loughlin acting secretary. Mr. Loughlin will assume duty immediately.

The Argus Melbourne 14 November 1938


GEELONG, Saturday - The Geelong Harbour Trust Commissioners are calling for tenders for the construction of a 720ft wharf at Corio Quay north for the International Harvester Company works, and the necessary road approaches.

Western Mail Perth 1 December 1938


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 com- pany's wharf.

The Argus 23 May 1939

Development at Geelong

Port Improvements Help Industry

It is doubtful whether any port in Australia has made greater progress proportionately during recent years than the Port of Geelong. The natural advantages of an almost landlocked area of water only required the attention given it by the present commissioners to make it an avenue for shipping and a means of attracting industries to its foreshores.

The industrial value of the foreshore areas still held by the commissioners is proved by the recent purchase of sites by such companies as International Harvester, Fords, and Pilkingtons Safety Glass, and the acquisition of sites on long leases by the Grain Elevators Board, with its 2,250,000-bushel capacity terminal elevator, and by Cresco Fertilisers Limited. Other large industrial activities in the immediate vicinity at North Geelong and North Shore are those of the Phosphate Co-operative Co. (Pivot), the Shell Company (bulk depot), Corio Freezing Works, and the Federal Woollen Mills. Some valuable industrial sites are also held by the commissioners along the Barwon River

Progressive Policy

The recent phenomenal growth of industry in Geelong is largely due to the progressive policy of the commissioners of the Harbour Trust, particularly since 1934, when certain financial and other adjustments were granted by Parliament to enable them to carry out a programme of improvements long considered necessary.

The principal of these was the straightening and deepening of the shipping course in the port. This work was completed early in 1938, thus providing a minimum depth in the approaches and at the principal berths of 29 feet at low water and a draught of 27 feet, which, for the present, is considered sufficient for the requirements of shipping likely to enter the port.

The dredging plant, however, is still occupied in improvements, including the widening of portion of the shipping course at Hopetoun Channel and the widening of the berthing approaches to various piers and wharves.

At Corio Quay, the industrial centre, south berth No. 1 has been recently renewed, and on the north side an extension of No. 1 berth is being made. This will be connected with a new wharf, to be known as north berth No. 2, making four berths.

Although all piers and wharves in the port are for public shipping use, some because of their positions are used almost wholly by one establishment. Ford Company uses Corio Quay north No. 1, the Phosphate Co-operative Company Lascelles Wharf, and Corio Quay north No. 2 will be used by the International Harvester Company.

Wheat and Wool

The port serves not only Geelong, with a population of about 45,000, but also a very large portion of the most productive part of the State. Most of the wheat exported from the State passes through Geelong.

It is also the centre for the manufacture and distribution of most of the superphosphates used in the State. The flow of wool to Geelong is shown by the establishment of seven large woollen mills, and the Corio Freezing Works treats and exports direct an average of almost 400,000 carcasses of lamb and mutton a year.

The progress of the port is given by the following figures (in tons):

Overseas Total cargo Tonnage of overseas

Imports.* handled. Vessels berthed.

1920 503,821 174,878

1933 106,198 673,834 763,706

1938 264,627 990,905 1,111,808

*Excluding lightered cargo.

Every industry in Geelong is directly or indirectly, more or less dependent on the activities of the port.

Barrier Miner Broken Hill 8 July 1939


MELBOURNE, Saturday.- Slightly injured when his motor car came into collision with another car at the intersection of North Shore and Geelong roads, North Geelong, the Minis- ter for Supply (Mr. Casey) attended his office after receiving massage for bruises. None of the other occupants of the car was injured.

Mr. Casey was returning to Melbourne from Geelong, and the other car was turning toward Geelong from North Shore road.

Both cars had to be towed to Geelong. The Ford Motor Co., opposite whose premises the accident occurred, supplied a car for Mr. Casey to continue his journey to Melbourne.

The Argus Melbourne 11 July 1939

GEELONG.-William Evans, of North Shore, was admitted to the Geelong Hospital on Monday suffering from an eye injury and a possible fracture of the skull. He was struck on the forehead and across the right eye when a piece of iron fell at the works of the Australian Cement Ltd.

The Argus 14 July 1939


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.

Barrier Miner Broken Hill 28 March 1940


MELBOURNE, Thursday. - The condition of R. O. Jose (16), of North Adelaide, who was injured when a home-made bomb exploded in the mechanics' shop at Geelong Grammar School at Corio on Monday, shows satisfactory improvement. Jose sustained injuries to a thigh and hand. L. V. Mansell (17), of Melbourne, who suffered abdominal injuries, and whose condition was more serious than that of Jose, has also made slight progress, but his recovery will be of much longer duration.


Geelong Advertiser

28 June 1940

Assembling ‘Planes at Geelong

About 12 machines are on the final assembly line at the Aircraft Park at North Shore, and several others are being unpacked ready for assembly. It is anticipated that the first test flights with Fairy battleplanes, brought from England for training men under the Empire air scheme, will be probably made next week. Operations at the Aircraft Park were inaugurated last month, and excellent progress has been made with the work. Runways have been made, fences removed, and power lines placed underground in preparation for flying practice. About 50 men are living in camp huts erected at the park, which is an annexe to an industrial plant. Equipped with Merlin 3 Rolls Royce motors, which give a cruising speed of nearly 190 miles per hour, and a top speed of about 250 miles per hour, the Fairey Battles are medium bombers. They can carry a ton of bombs and a crew of two or three. In addition they are equipped with camera-guns, machine guns, landing lights, and three-blade, variable-pitch propellers. The ‘planes weigh more than five tons, and powerful traveling hoists are used to assemble them.

Geelong Advertiser

1 July 1940

Plane’s Test Flight

The first of the Fairey Battle aircraft which are being assembled at the Aircraft Park, North Shore, made its trial flight over the city on Saturday morning. Equipped with a Merlin 3 Rolls Royce engine, the plane has a top speed of about 250 miles an hour, and is one of the fastest service machines in Australia. These bombing planes were brought from England for use in training men under the Empire air scheme. They can carry a ton of bombs and a crew of two or three. Eleven other Battles are in course of assembly.

Geelong Advertiser

7 September 1940

The scene yesterday afternoon at the presentation, on behalf of employees of Geelong works of the International Harvester Co. of Australia Pty. Ltd., of an ambulance for No 1 Aircraft Park. The ceremony was performed by the works manager (Mr H. B. Zimmerman) in front of the factory, near which the Aircraft Park has been established. Other ambulances also, mounted on D2 International chassis, have been presented to the Royal Australian Air Force by employees of the company at Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney, Brisbane and Perth, and they were on display yesterday. Inset – Squadron-Leader J. M. Lerew, Commanding Officer of No 1 Aircraft Park, acknowledging the handsome presentation.

Geelong Advertiser 7 December 1940


“There are People and People”

(French Proverb)


Squadron-Leader Harry Vatcher, O.B.E. of the Royal Air Force, who is Commanding Officer of No. 1 Air Park, North Shore, is an Englishman who has a warm feeling for Australians. Less than three months ago he came from England to be attached to the R.A.A.F. but in that comparatively brief period he had tightened those bonds of friendship first formed In England and other parts of the world where he met Australians also engaged on service for the Empire. As Commanding Officer of No. 1 Air Park, Squadron-Leader Vatcher’s work brings him in contact with civil interests in the city, and he is agreed that people of Geelong excel in their spirit of courtesy and helpful desire to make No 1 Air Park a happy station for officers and men.

Born at Bournemouth, Hampshire, he received his education at the Bournemouth School, whence he entered the shipbuilding firm of Harold Wolfe, as an apprentice engineer. It was the engineering experience he gained with this firm that qualified him as an engineer mechanic to enter the Royal Flying Corps in 1915. He saw service during the years 1925-28 at Malta and the Middle East with the Fleet Air Arm, being attached to aircraft carriers. He also underwent a period of service in England and in Ireland and also served in China with the Fleet Air Arm. From ---- he was attached to the Central Flying School, England, and then proceeded to Khartoum and the Middle East, where he was stationed for a number of years. Upon his return to England, he became attached to a Bomber Command Unit, and in February 1940, proceeded to Australia as a Flight Lieutenant to be attached to the R.A.A.F. headquarters at Melbourne. In April this year he came to No 1 Air Park, North Shore, and in October was promoted to the rank of Squadron-Leader and O.C. of the station, succeeding Squadron-Leader J. M. Lerew

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