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What happened to the Brisbane Holden plant?

Discussion in 'The Pub' started by DJ Majah, Aug 24, 2004.

  1. Calaber

    Calaber Nil Bastardo Carborundum

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    Smitty.

    Glad you raised Fishermen's Bend as it hadn't been mentioned in this thread so far.

    It was a newly built factory in the thirties so I assume Holdens were built there too. When did that cease?

    And for a tougher question, as an accountant for the company, do you have any idea what it actually cost GMH to build a Commodore in your time?
     
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    Nitro_X Numbskull

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    From memory, GMH manufactured quite a bit from the Fishermans Bend factory.
    random thought bubble........my grandparents lived a stones throw from Fishermans Bend, across the Yarra.

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    FB...?
    it made lots of things there .. before Holden cars :) (the 48/215 in 48)
    armaments- tank parts, artillery etc during WWII, refrigeration and aircon parts
    (you know the brand Frigidaire?)

    Remembering that as demand for FX Holdens went thru the roof, so they were made at Birkenhead SA (with body shells from Woodville), the Valley in Brisbane (before Acacia Ridge)...Vehicle manufacture at FB started to reduce as firstly Pagewood then Dandenong and then Elizabeth (early 60s) took it over. Then Acacia Ridge started (1965? 1966?) and it made Holdens and Toranas before the Gemini came along.

    As vehicle production left FBend, GMH ramped up what they called 'Mechanical part production' there. New enlarged foundries* (inc a nodular iron one) larger fettling shop and then expanded 6 cyl and a new V8 engine plant was added. The other plants making driveline (gearboxes and diffs and disk knuckle assemblies with drum or disk brakes) were added or enlarged.

    * I started life at GMH as the Foundry Production Accounting clerk
    (that is, I worked out what an engine block or gearbox case cost to make)

    and a tougher question?... too hard to answer as there were too many different ones
    (eg VB L 6 cyl manual or auto plus or not production packs). The one thing I do remember
    was that the total labour cost to make one (this was steady thru to VK) was no more than 11%
    of the total cost to make one



    hth
     
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    I love this thread. I was surprised to learn just how may factories we had building cars back in the day.
     
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    Thanks for the response mate. I knew about a lot of the wartime production and the fridges. Had a Frigidaire once with a badge stating GMH manufactured.

    I knew the plant was operating to build the earliest Holdens. I was actually wondering when assembly ceased there as it dispersed to other plants.
     
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    I don't recall ever hearing an actual date when FB stopped vehicle manufacture
    (even from the GMH historians like Norm Darwin who I happen to still be in contact with)
    but
    I would hazard a guess it was when Dandenong was fully up to speed making Holdens which was
    ... mid 1958 was (Dandenong plant started in late'56 with the adjoining NASCO warehouse early '57)

    one interesting fact I do know was Frigidaire production was transferred and started at Dandenong in Jan 57
     
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    A bit late I know but some folks are still reading this forum. The original GMH Acacia Ridge plant building still exists today and is used by several companies for warehousing etc. Even the dual gauge QLD & NSW rail line running into the plant remains, although I believe the administration building has recently been demolished.

    GMH plant acacia ridge 1960s.jpg
     
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    So this joint then.....

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    If the admin building is that "T" shaped one at the bottom of the pic, then it was still there in May 2019 according to street view.

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    I will need to recheck that the whole admin building is gone or whether it is just the grassed area between the plant building and the admin. I will drive past next time I am in the area and let you know.
     
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    Sticky this please, what a thread
     

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