Alan Long from the west has sent us through information that sadly this plant that assembled Model 'T's in 1927 has just been sold to a Chinese Consortium and is now scheduled for demolition.
Alan's father was a Ford mechanic, as Alan is too. Alan remembers doing training there for the XA Falcon launch.
Looks like another piece of our history will soon just be another memory.
Alan has forwarded me a PDF file which I am unable to change to a JPG and shrink it. If anybody is tech savvy and can do this for us we can post the article page. Can somebody help us here on this one?
Andrew, yes, that is the building. Its at 130 Stirling Highway, North Fremantle.
I also have a photo taken inside the old wool shed that Ford used while that new building was under construction. My Dad worked there from 1954 till Ford closed it down in the early 80's
There is a rumor that McDonalds hamburgers will now be imported from China.
The Eagle Farm plant in Brisbane was demolished last year, a great shame as it was a WW11 factory producing war materials. I was able to con the workmen on site to allow me to take home a trailer load of bricks that now form the garden edging for my wife Elizabeths front garden our version of Clara's garden. I was offered the huge water tank but just couldn't get it to fit my trailer and I was off the the MTFCA Speedster rally in Lincoln NE the next day. If you have my book "Leura Australia to Lincoln USA" you will see Elizabeth pictured in her garden with "Tilly" our 25 Dalgety pick up.
Sadly, most younger people will remember it as the Matilda Bay Brewery and have no idea of it's history.
Fortunately I took a lot of pics of the factory on my last trip To Perth last year. Here are a few