H.L. Cecil
The Cementies
Charles Daniel Pratt
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Robert Pockley
The Cementies
W. M. Langford
The Cementies
Les Brown ~ Copyright 1968

The

Cementies'

Processing Plant

 

Peter McCann registered Australian Portland Cement Co. Ltd in 1889

The company was liquidated in 1895. 

McCann set up another company which was liquidated in 1904.

In 1905 he formed the Australian Portland Cement Co. Pty Ltd.  

Adelaide Brighton Cement later acquired the cement works.

It was finally closed in 2001.

J. Lockwood Ca. 1912-20
J. Lockwood Ca. 1912-20

Works Layout

 
A contemporary view from Fyansford
A contemporary view from Fyansford

An iconic image
An iconic image

T346 by Geoff Winkler
T346 by Geoff Winkler

T346 approaches Fyansford with the Norman car, (and an unwanted shower of rain). Victorian Railways Board members were on board, (they replaced the "commissioners" in 1973), who were carrying out one of their regular "tours of duty" 2:15pm on Tuesday, the 5th of April, 1979.

A contemporary view from Fyansford
A contemporary view from Fyansford

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Changing Perspectives...

 

Robert Pockley Studios

What's left internally...

 
Abandoned Cement Works by Marcus Wong
Abandoned Cement Works by Marcus Wong

Marcus Wong
Marcus Wong

Marcus Wong
Marcus Wong

Abandoned Cement Works by Marcus Wong
Abandoned Cement Works by Marcus Wong

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Krytie TV
Krytie TV

Krytie TV
Krytie TV

Krytie TV
Krytie TV

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Others have explored the abandoned and partially demolished cement works at FyansfordLink 1 Link 2
 

 Childhood

Memories...

Does anyone else have memories of ~
  • exploring the caves that used to be roundabout  here?
  • entering the concealed shaft that lead deep into the works...
 In those days I'd head off with my mates for day-long adventures exploring the Moorabool valley.
As parents we wouldn't dare let our kids do it nowadays... Scary even thinking about it....

Charles Daniel Pratt

A 1926 airview of the Cement Works, Fyansford  (4 glass negatives)

Cement Works Fyansford
Cement Works Fyansford
Cement Works Fyansford
Cement Works Fyansford
 
 

Robert Pockley Studio

For more detail see Robert Pockley Studio

 

Images from...

jfimages.com

Fyansford Gallery

 

A mere shadow of its former self
A mere shadow of its former self

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Scary memories...
Scary memories...

Does anyone else have memories of the two large caves that used to be in this cliff face?

A mere shadow of its former self
A mere shadow of its former self

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This image was taken by Stuart McDonald.

Possibly taken from above Buckleys Falls.

Note the helicopter

Chimneys' last stand

"... The first chimney, built in 1958, is 97.53 metres tall and weighs 1660 tonnes.

The second, built nine years later, is 106.68 metres tall and weighs 1860 tonnes.

The third, built in 1968, also reaches 106.68 metres. It weighs 2442 tonnes...."

By Chris Evans (June 6, 2004),

 

The chimneys that refused to go without a fight

“All three were supposed to fall simultaneously but, after three deafening blasts, only one chimney leaned before collapsing in a cloud of dust. The others stood defiantly…As hundreds of Geelong residents watched, driver Derek Robinson fearlessly manoeuvred a 160-tonne excavator to budge the obstinate pair. …”

By Martin Boulton (June 7, 2004)

 

"The three historic chimney stacks at the former Fyansford cement works were consigned to history on Sunday when they were demolished in preparation for a residential redevelopment on the land..."”

Source: Geelong News 9/6/2004…

A not-so-famous last stand

The Cement Stacks Coming Down...

 

                                             

 

                                           Uploaded by GEST Media on Jun 19, 2008

Fyansford Cement Works dominate the skyline with chimney and smoke, Geelong                                      Joyce Evans
Jimbo Johnstone
Jimbo Johnstone

Jimbo Johnstone
Jimbo Johnstone

Jimbo Johnstone
Jimbo Johnstone

Jimbo Johnstone
Jimbo Johnstone

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Down they come…

Stacks Demolition by Jimbo Johnstone

 

An amazing gallery of 8 images

from 2004

From Geelong in Historical Pictures

 
 

A Moorabool River Add-on?

Anyone who has walked the vacinity of the confluence of the Moorabool and Barwon rivers will have noticed the seemingly un-natural detour of the Moorabool River (not far from where it joins with the Barwon). 

I have vague memories from my childhood days of exploring this area and accepting it as a man-made construction with something to do with the cement works; possibly a waste-water outflow or something similar. 

Can anyone throw light on this stretch of what, I believe, was once a deliberate add-on to the Moorabool river?

No help here...

Hmmm!

A closer look at the detail

in one of Charles Daniel Pratt's 1926 images might hold a clue.

 

All images courtesy of Gerry van der Meer

I love a touch of mystery....

Can anyone tell me anything about the history of this picture?

 

Individual Recollections:

                  Thanks, Evert van Dreven...

Australian Cement Limited c1920
Australian Cement Limited c1920

From the Evert van Dreven Collection

Hard yacka....
Hard yacka....

The coalbunker being constructed at the cement works, with the chimney stack on Hyland St in the background.

Geelong Cement Works
Geelong Cement Works

Main office on Asylum Road (now McCurdy Road) in 1928

Australian Cement Limited c1920
Australian Cement Limited c1920

From the Evert van Dreven Collection

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As posted in Geelong in Historical Pictures...

See also  Evert's pAGE

1908(!)
1908(!)

The first photograph of the cement works... Well, the first I can find...

1912-20(!) J. Lockwood
1912-20(!) J. Lockwood

1990(!) Robert Spadoni
1990(!) Robert Spadoni

1908(!)
1908(!)

The first photograph of the cement works... Well, the first I can find...

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I would really love to find:

  • a pre-1908 photograph...

  • a 2001 - 2004 photograph...

 

For more detail ~ See here...