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Fyansford Cement Works

A 'Cementies' Make-over...

 
 Aerial View of Cement Works. G & D Stawicki, 1981
(Geelong Heritage Centre)

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1888    Limestone first discovered at Batesford by Richard Taylor

            Shale (key ingredient of cement) found at Fyansford

 

1890    Cement production began at Fyansford (Led by Peter McCann and a number of local and Melbourne builders)

 

1902    Transport difficulties forced company into liquidation

 

1905    Plant reopened by some of the former directors

 

1911    An expansion program started with introduction of a new rotary kiln

Rotary Kiln and Gears

Chas Ruwolt Pty Ltd, Glass Negative - Victoria, 1928

1912    Original limestone quarry located in a hillside at Batesford 5.6 km away from the Works.

J. Lockwood Ca. 1912-20

Official opening of Australian Portland Cement Company's extensive works at Fyansford, with an aerial rope-way to the Batesford quarries (12 July). 

 

Original plant located at foot of Fyansford Hill between Deviation Road and Hyland Street

J. Lockwood Ca. 1912-20

1915    Further expansion took capacity to 40,000 tonnes per year

 

1918    Railway line extending from North Geelong railway station to top of the hill above Fyansford

 

1920s  Work commenced on new quarry, with overburden removed from a large area to permit a 37m working floor,                             with a working face of 30m of limestone and 6m of overburden. The floor was 21m below sea level, resulting in the need             for a pump system, as well as a system of drainage tunnels to collect seepage from the nearby riverbed.

            In 40-year life of quarry it was only completely flooded once, taking it out of action for four weeks.

1926   Ropeway replaced by a private narrow-guage 3"6' Fyansford Cement Works Railway

 

           Working of quarry had became difficult. Limestone deposit was located on a hillside which tilting down to south, 

           resulting in ratio of overburden to limestone increasing. Boreholes were sunk downstream on McCann family owned                      property of Dryden, where a massive deposit of limestone was found  

 

 

           Plant expanded across Hyland Street

Remains of the conveyor belt crossing the Moorabool River with the cement works in the background

 

1931    Current open cut quarry commenced production, with equipment at old quarry transferred to the new one, sold, or                       demolished. It was located 61m below ground level and 24m below Moorabool River

 

1960s   Plant expanded again taking capacity to 900,000 tonnes per year

 

1965    Quarry covered 50 acres

 

1966    Railway replaced by an overhead conveyor belt,

            which remained in used until closure of the works.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1996    Fyansford Cement Works dominate the skyline with chimney and smoke (Joyce Evans)

2001    The cement works shut in June

 

2004    The chimneys felled (June 6)

 

 

            Majority of cement works demolished soon after closure

 

 

2006    Some cement silos, sheds, rail lines and assorted rubbish still sits 

            behind a security fence atop the Hyland street hill.

   

 

 

     

     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2018    The quarry is currently still in use.

 

Posted on Geelong in Historical Pictures April 4, 2019,

by Jen Maynard

Jim Stein The conveyor is the second the first was a bucket system then came the train and back to a conveyor

Roger Virtigo As kids we used to walk on top of the conveyor all the way to the pit to look for sharks teeth.

Karen Manev  I remember the poor girls walking up the hill from the flats with full udders. Swoosh swoosh swoosh...

Garry Niblock My brother worked there for 25 years. My father worked there for 35 years

Michael Fisher  mine as well

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