Horsham Times 24 October 1924.
GEELONG WANTS FORD
At the meeting of the public works committee of the Geelong City Council on Tuesday afternoon reference was made by Ald. W. Brownbill to the proposal of Henry Ford motor manufacturer, to establish works in Australia, and he urged that the council should make an effort to secure the proposed works for Geelong. It would do no harm to make representations to the company. An invitation should be extended to a representative to come to Geelong and see the facilities that could be offered for such an industry. He claimed that no other place in the State or Commonwealth could provide a better site or better means for shipments and manufacture. It was decided that a letter be written to the representative, inviting him to Geelong.
The Brisbane Courier 25 March 1925
LAND ACQUIRED AT GEELONG.
MELBOURNE, March 24.
It has been learned on reliable authority that definite arrangements have been made by representatives of the Ford Motor Company to establish works at North Geelong, near the water front.
A large area of land has been acquired, and it is probable that this will be utilised as the site for the main body- building works, which the company is known to have had in contemplation for some months there had been more or less definite talk of the Ford Motor Company establishing itself in Australia. Some time ago it became known that the company planned to establish one large body-building works and five assembling plants, there being difficulties in the way of establishing a complete motor manufacturing works in Australia. To finance this enterprise it was proposed to form a subsidiary Australian company with a capital of about £1,000,000. As far back as the middle of last year Newcastle residents had hopes that their town would be chosen as the site of one of the enterprises, and in October a repre- sentative of the Ford Company, with a party of Ford officials, inspected Coffs Harbour (New South Wales).
Cairns Post 31 March 1925
THE FORD COMPANY.
HEADQUARTERS TO BE AT GEELONG
Melbourne, March 30.
The official announcement was made today, that the headquarters of the Ford Motor Company's operations in Australia will be established at Geelong.
The company, which will be known as the Ford Manufacturing Propriety
Limited (Australia), will have a capital of 1,500,000 to cover the work and sales, assembling and distribution.
Another company, which will be called the Ford Motor Company of Australia, will be formed with a similar capital. The plant at Geelong will solely manufacture bodies and any other assembly parts which can be procured in Australia. Preference will, wherever possible, be given to Australian made products. It is estimated that 500 men will be employed. The second company will have branches in Brisbane, Sydney, Adelaide and Perth. The site in Geelong was selected for its splendid harbor facilities as an ideal distributing centre.
The Advertiser Adelaide 4 April 1925
"DRY AREA" AT GEELONG. Melbourne, April 3.
Mr. Henry Ford's representatives intend to make a portion of Geelong a dry area. This is a continuance of the Ford policy in America. To help this movement the Corio Shire Hotel is being negotiated for by Mr. Ford's representatives. Recently Mr. Ford endeavored to compel his employes to abstain from liquor under a penalty of dismissal.
Mr. Ford's building announcement has caused a rush to buy land at Geelong.
Western Argus Kalgoorlie 26 May 1925
FORD MOTOR WORKS.
ERECTION OF GEELONG FACTORY.
Geelong (V.), May 22.
No time is being lost in the establishment of the Ford motor works. The first sod on the factory site was turned today. Within a fortnight 100 men will be employed The first consignment of machinery will arrive on June 15.
The Argus Melbourne 2 July 1925
FORD FACTORIES AT GEELONG.
(Caption with two architectural drawings)
Progress is being made with the construction of the Ford factories at Geelong. The upper design is of the assembling factory, which will cost £140,000 to build, and in which 120 men will be employed in October. Below is the motor body works of the Ford Manufacturing Company, which is to be built on the Corio Bay site. It will cost £150,000, and 700 men will be employed there. The works are to be opened early next year.
The Argus Melbourne 10 February 1926
WORKMAN FATALLY INJURED.
GEELONG Tuesday – While working at the roof of the assembling plant at the Ford works at North Shore this afternoon Jack Morrigan, aged 30 years, single of 101 Walter street Ascot vale, received fatal injuries. Morrigan was a rigger employed by the Concrete Construction Company, and was working on a ladder near the top of the building. He was seen to lose his footing and in falling 20ft, struck the steel bed of a circular saw. He died from a fractured skull about two and a half hours after admittance into the hospital.
The Horsham Times 12 February 1926
GEELONG FORD ESTATES. By a specia1 advertisement in to-day's issue Messrs. Renzow & Renzow, of McEwan House, Little Collins Street. Melbourne, advertise business, house and factory sites on the Ford estates in Geelong. Geelong has gone ahead since the Ford factory was established last year. Water, gas, electric light and sewerage are available to those who desire to build in this progressive seaside town. Mr. W. H. Murphy, the firm's representative, is now in Horsham.
The Argus Melbourne 20 February 1926
GEELONG AND DISTRICT
Having completed dredging for the Ford wharf at North Shore, the Geelong Harbour Trust is having the dredging plant overhauled preparatory to undertaking dredging adjacent to the railway pier.
Mr. Alexander Johnstone, aged 50 years, married, of Drumcondra, sub manager and designer at the Federal Woollen Mills, went to his office at the mills on Friday morning, and soon afterwards was discovered in a state of collapse. Before the arrival of a doctor he had died. The coroner has been notified.
The Argus Melbourne 25 September 1926
Organising Ford's Employees.
Efforts are being made by the trade union movement to organise the employees at Ford's motor works at Geelong. When permission was sought recently from the management to hold a meeting of the men at the factory in the lunch hour, however, the request was refused. The acting secretary of the Melbourne Trades Hall Council (Mr. M. B. Duffy) said yesterday that in conjunction with the Geelong Trades Hall Council a delegation from Melbourne would address the men outside the firm's premises on Monday at the lunch hour for the purpose of endeavouring to enrol all employees in their respective unions. At present there was a fair number of the employees there who were members of unions covering their different trades, but it was desired to make the works practically 100 per cent. unionists, similar to most of the large motor-building establishments in Australia. Mr. Duffy added that the refusal to allow representatives of the Trades Hall Councils to address the men on the works in the lunch hour was contrary to the general experience with the other large manufacturing employers. While employers generally did not say that the men must join the unions, they usually granted facilities for them to be approached on the subject at their work.
Barrier Miner Broken Hill 29 October 1927
FORD GEELONG WORKS
Mr. L. C. Amery, Secretary of State for Dominions, accompanied by his party, on October 25, paid an official visit to the assembling plant and factories of the Ford Motor Company of Australia Proprietary Limited, Geelong. The visitor at a ceremony in the board room later, expressed surprise at the magnitude of the company's operations, and his pleasure at witnessing such tangible evidence of the tremendous part which the Ford Motor Company was playing In the developing of this great southern nation. He was very pleased with the presentation that was made to him by Mr. H. C. French, the general manager, of a set of Johannason gauges which were used in the construction of the first car made in Australia. When told these were correct to an eight millionth part of an inch, he laughingly begged to be shown how to use them, and spent several minutes enjoying the task set him. He assured Mr. French that he appreciated to the full the essentially British character of the company and its products.
Advocate Burnie 15 May 1928
4000 VIEW NEW MODELS
GEELONG, -Monday. - To-day for the first time the new Ford car was on public view. A special display for Geelong people was held at the Ford Motor Company's works, North Shore. To-morrow in all the capital cities of Australia, displays will be made. More than 4,000 people saw the six models on show. Four special trains were chartered, and a half-holiday bus service was arranged.
The Mercury Hobart 15 May 1928
FORD CAR EXHIBITION
NEW MODEL VIEWED BY 8,000 PERSONS.
The first public exhibition of the new Ford motor-car was opened at the Ford works, Geelong, to-day, and attracted great interest At least 8,000 persons viewed the several models. The general manager (Mr. H. C. French) said that the exhibition was for the purpose of showing the car, and not for booking orders. The orders placed far exceeded
Advocate Burnie 14 July 1928
Ford Motor Co. Assisting.
SOUP KITCHEN TO BE OPENED.
GEELONG, Friday. –
The Ford Motor Company is assembling new Fords as rapidly as parts can be obtained. To relieve the unemployment additional men have been engaged, on the understanding that the work is temporary only.
At Geelong West residents last night decided to establish a soup kitchen to alleviate distress in the town.
Sydney Morning Herald 11 March 1929
FROM FORD MOTOR WORKS.
The general manager of the Ford Motor Company (Mr. French) stated to-day that nearly five hundred men had been dismissed from the Geelong works as a result of the timber workers' strike. The manufacturing section was practically closed, and parts arriving from overseas could not be assembled, as the sections usually made in Australia were not available.
Assembling in Geelong and in other States was being done on reserve stocks, and when those give out there will be additional dismissals.
The Argus Melbourne 19 May 1936
GEELONG AND DISTRICT
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 4 February 1937
GEELONG AND DISTRICT
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.
Cairns Post 2 October 1937
AT FORD MOTOR WORKS.
MELBOURNE. October 1.
Reginald William. Howard (35), married, of Geelong West, was killed instantly at the Ford motor works, Geelong, to-day. His work mate called to him not to pass under a 1 ton steel envelope, and as he was jumping clear, a chain around the envelope slipped. The envelope crashed on Howard, breaking his back.
The Argus Melbourne 12 August 1941
STRIKE AT FORD ANNEXE CONTINUES
GEELONG, Monday. — There has been no settlement of the strike at the Ford annexe, in which more than 200 members of the Federated Ironworkers Association are involved. It is alleged by the men that 2 workers, who were union delegates, had been victimised, and a demand was made that they be reinstated in the positions they held formerly.
Mr. W. Montgomery, organiser of the association, said today that a meeting of the combined unions had been called to consider the matter. Pickets were placed at the annexe this morning, but there has not been any trouble.
An official of the Ford Company said this afternoon that the annexe operated throughout the day with a skeleton staff, which was composed of workers who did not consider themselves affected by the ironworkers' decision.
At a meeting of the Geelong Trades Hall Council tonight Mr. D. Ryan, secretary, was directed to make it clear that the dispute had not been placed in the hands of the Geelong Trades Hall disputes committee.
The Argus Melbourne 3 November 1941
DISPUTE AT ANNEXE
GEELONG, Sunday. — In connection with the dispute at the Ford annexe, the stopwork meeting of the Iron Workers' Union called for to- morrow morning has been cancelled.
The industrial disputes committee of the Trades Hall will consider the matter tomorrow night.
The Argus Melbourne 4 November 1941
The Ford Motor Company has lifted the prohibition subject to certain limitations on employees smoking while at working positions at the company’s works at North Shore. The concession came into operation last Friday. The company states that its objective in permitting the men to smoke while working is to help to relieve the strain on employees working long hours.
The Canberra Times 2 July 1946
FORD TO BUILD FAMILY CAR TO COST £410
An Australian family car will be produced by the Ford Company at a cost of about £410, said the chairman of directors (Mr. H. C. French) to- day, at the 21st anniversary of the company's establishment in Australia.
The Prime Minister (Mr. Chifley) and the Minister for Postwar Reconstruction (Mr. Dedman) attended.
Mr. Chifley urged the Ford work- ers to keep up production, for Australia's future rests on the effort of the individual worker.
Mr. French said that more than £750,000 would be spent on the plant and equipment in Ford factories throughout Australia to manufacture chasses and engines.
The secretary of the Vehicle Builders' Association, (Mr. M. Travers) said that industrial peace had been maintained for 21 years at the works because employers and employees had negotiated through proper channels.
The Argus Melbourne 12 December 1953
Christmas at Ford plant
Dozens of buses will run a shuttle service between Gee long and Norlane tomorrow, transporting 6,000 adults and children to the Ford Co.'s works for one of Australia's biggest Christmas treats.