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Treasures can become landfill.

And, so too can memories.

               unless in safe hands....

Evert van Dreven

has safe hands...  

 

Evert's amazing Fyansford Cementies' collection

could easily have been lost (just as other treasures from the Cementies' Museum have disappeared).

Evert, custodian to many rare memories from days long forgotten, continues to share his memory-filled  images on

Geelong in Historic Pictures

Fyansford.com is pleased to presents this still-growing gallery of Evert's photographs.

 
Australian Cement Limited, Fyansford
Australian Cement Limited, Fyansford

First works erected in 1890 on the South side of (Hyland St.) High Street. Under the supervision of Richard Taylor. This photo shows the Original Vertical Kiln Plant against the hillside at Fyansford in 1911, noting the tall stack at the top of the hill.

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Australian Cement Limited, Fyansford
Australian Cement Limited, Fyansford

View of the plant in 1930.

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Australian Cement Limited, Fyansford
Australian Cement Limited, Fyansford

First works erected in 1890 on the South side of (Hyland St.) High Street. Under the supervision of Richard Taylor. This photo shows the Original Vertical Kiln Plant against the hillside at Fyansford in 1911, noting the tall stack at the top of the hill.

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Remember: Click the image

to view full-size photos and their links...

Ca. 1900 - 1920

Source: Geelong in Historical Pictures

It's all

in the detail

the faces tell the story

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I can't help but think about any living descendants...

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Interesting Comparisons...

Helen's mystery photograph
Helen's mystery photograph

Possibly 1920s

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Australian Cement Limited
Australian Cement Limited

A.C.L. employees in front of chimney base for No. 3 Kiln on High Street (Hyland St.) Ca. late’20s-early ‘30s From Gelong in Historical Pictures

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Remains of chimney base for No. 3 Kiln - Fyansford cement works

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Helen's mystery photograph
Helen's mystery photograph

Possibly 1920s

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Story behind Evert's amazing  collection

 

1935    The old blue-stone Glastonbury Geelong Protestant Orphanage ceased to operate.

 

1939   The building was purchased by the cement works and used as a recreational hub for its workers. 

 

1975   The Glastonbury Geelong Protestant Orphanage, as the old Orphanage building on McCurdy road was  at the time called, was classified by the National Trust.

 

1976  The Geelong Cement Retirees' Museum was established in the orphanage building. The brainchild of Fred Dolder (an employee of the cement works and a well-respected member of the Manifold Heights community, the museum held a substantial collection of heritage and general-interest items; all contributed by members of the Fyansford community and ACL. The displays, spread over numerous rooms and hallways, focussed on the operation and history of the cement works, the local primary school, the orphanage and the Fyansford district. Souvenirs, artifacts, photographs and all sorts of personal /historic items graced the premises. Returned servicemen, servicewomen and those who gave their lives for their country were especially honoured. The facility, manned by volunteers, was a highly valued, very popular and integral part of Fyansford's history

 

2001  Owners of Geelong Cement Company decided to cease production and sell the plant to a developer. While the  operational complex was disassembled and removed, the old building housing the Geelong Cement Retirees' Museum was, because of its heritage listing, saved from demolition. 

2013  The building having deteriorated steadily and being deemed unsafe was no longer open to the public. Evert van Dreven, a 'cementite' of 30+ years  observed that the character-filled building, with its rooms dizzyingly bursting with photos, diaries, machinery, equipment, tools, uniforms, fossils trinkets and souvenirs should be, "restored for the sake of Geelong's history and for the sake of the children who lived at the orphanage." "There's a tremendous amount of history in the place," observed John Malthouse ('cementite' and Museum president). Graeme Palmer, the Museum committee treasurer and secretary (a 'cementite'  for 35 years) urged strongly that the collection stay together, "It's very important. It can't be broken up." Despite their pleas, that is exactly what happened. Evert was out of the country when most of the items were "lost". However, he did manage to save his now irreplaceable collection of photos.

Source: Meagan Rooth, Geelong Advertiser, 28 September, 2013

Some insight into the glory days of the old Geelong Cement Retirees' Museum can be appreciated by visiting this page.

 

I have been assured that every attempt was made at the time to contact original contributors to the museum and to place items appropriately, e.g. Geelong RSL. However, I suspect the passage of time, altered or out-of-date contact details, bereavements and inadequate recordkeeping severely hampered these efforts.

I extend an invitation to anyone with links to the old Fyansford cement works or the museum to search their dust-gathering

collections of family memorabilia for memories

they might share with us.. I'm not asking you to give up

your items, just that I might photograph them. Also,

if you can identify photographers of any of these images,

I'd love to give credit to them...

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Landscapes
Landscapes

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1 Geelong Cement Works
1 Geelong Cement Works

1920s Looking toward Fyansford

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1986 Power Station concrete stack being dismantled on the corner of Hyland St. and Deviation Rd.

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Landscapes

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Kilns
Kilns

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Here we see a replacement section of shell for No. 4 kiln, in order to boost its capacity with a larger burning zone

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I took this shot of the vapour coming off No. 8 cement kiln during a thunderstorm in the ‘90s.

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Kilns
Kilns

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Silos
Silos

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The construction of No. 7 kiln precipitator July 1962.

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A picture of No. 22 & 23 raw mills 16 July

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Silos

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This photo shows the Batesford limestone quarry in flood, with two steam face shovels on the quarry floor and one on top for stripping the overburden.

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This view shows part of the limestone quarry at Batesford.

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Men at work
Men at work

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Australian Cement Limited, Fyansford Late 1930s. Bill Haines (centre) mixing concrete at the limestone quarry for the Moorabool River diversion #2 Evert van Dreven June 23

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Jill Fry GCBC club has been a wonderful community club for over 90 years & still going strong

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Men at work
Men at work

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Staff
Staff

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This photo was taken in the early 1900s showing workers on site with two dogs

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Showing part of No. 3 stack and kiln on Hyland St., and some ladies and gentlemen having a briefing before some sightseeing of the plant.

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Staff

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Portraits
Portraits

Men, up-close-n-comfortable

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A happy employee, mobile crane operator Les (Crazy Horse) Clarke

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Pat Carmody & Bob Butcher at the limestone quarry, with a 773 Cat Truck and Komatsu Excavator

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Men, up-close-n-comfortable

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Australian Cement Limited c. 1950

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Another one of Tom Ryan in the works F100.

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This photo shows the construction of the old plant against the side of the hill, east of (Hyland St.) High St. well underway.

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The old plant under construction on the east side of (Hyland St.) High Street.

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Evert took this photo of Vanessa Hynam in charge of the canteen May 1999.

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This photo shows the construction of the old plant against the side of the hill, east of (Hyland St.) High St. well underway.

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the

Evert van Dreven gallery       

Early days
Early days

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First works erected in 1890 on the South side of (Hyland St.) High Street. Under the supervision of Richard Taylor

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Early days
Early days

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Fyansford
Fyansford

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Photo taken from underneath the bridge (EvD)

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Fyansford

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Power Station

 

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From Evert van Dreven Collection

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2019

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