Looking back

November 30, 2017

Part of the John Brown Industries Ltd Knitwear Make-up Factory in Union Street in July 1972. A partition across the building had been removed to make a larger working space.

JOHN Brown Industries Ltd knitwear make-up factory opened in the vacant Gaynor building in Union Street in September 1971 with a staff of six. The building was originally the Gaynor shoe factory erected in the late 1940s. Units are now on this site opposite the swimming pool.

Development of the factory in Kyabram exceeded the company’s original expectations, as the number of employees had increased to 38 at the end of June 1972. The floor space had been increased from 1500 to 2250 square feet. Expansion was restricted as part of the building was occupied by the carpet section of Knight’s Big Store.

By February 1974, the staff included 40 machinists and three garment inspectors. The factory aimed at making up and inspecting 5000 garments per day. These clothing articles were then sent to headquarters in Bendigo for pressing and packing.

A move was made in November 1976 to the new John Brown Hang Ten factory erected on the site of the old saleyards in Albion Street. Sixty people were employed at that time.

Maryborough Knitting Pty Ltd took up the lease of the Hang Ten Factory in October 1979.

40 years ago

THE ‘Portsea Camp’, traditionally a welcome holiday for many Kyabram school children, may not have any representatives attending from the area.

Not one application was received by Kyabram Town council for the camp early this year and council is afraid the same thing may happen again next year.

Town clerk, Mr E T Cornish told the last meeting that he had been unsuccessful in having a service organisation take over the management of the camp.

“Indications are that school camps are now providing these facilities,” he said.

Cost of the 10-day camp is about $45 and Mr Cornish pointed out that it was an excellent camp with the children being very well looked after.

Twenty places have been allocated to the Kyabram Town area for next year.

Council will advertise for applications before Christmas.

However if none are forthcoming council could decide to cease taking applications in future years.

20 years ago

A GROUP dedicated to preserving the Superb Parrot in the Picola district has been boosted by a grant of nearly $60,000 from the federal government.

The Superb Parrot Project, a sub-committee of the Nathalia Tree Group, was one of the successful applicants for Natural Heritage Trust funding announced last Friday.

Secretary-treasurer Sue Logie said the project to preserve the bird’s future would have had to be scaled down if the grant for $59,600 had not been approved.

“We are just very excited because we will actually be able to continue the project and get more landholders involved,” she said.

The Superb Parrot is listed under the Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act in Victoria and is classified as vulnerable by both the state and federal governments.

According to the Department of Natural Resources and Environment, the parrot was found as far north as Narrabri in New South Wales and as far south as Melton.

But the Victorian population had undergone marked decline in numbers and it was now found only in and around the Barmah Forest.

The Heritage Trust funding, which is part of the $7.7 million allocation to Victoria, will enable the group to revegetate a degraded natural drainage line, fence off remnant vegetation and plant 15,000 trees and shrubs in the Picola area.

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