FUNCTION AT KESWICK
Machinery Set In Motion
Members of the staff of T. J. Richards and Sons. Ltd., and other guests, in- <*> cluding the Minister of Industry (Mr. Jeffries) and the Commissioner of
Public Works (Sir Herbert Hudd) were I entertained at a social held in the new I sLaff hall at the factory to coincide with j the ceremony in Melbourne, where the Prime Minister <Mr. Lyonsi, by press ing a switch, set in motion the new £100.000 plant at the Keswick works. Mr. T. J. Richards presided, and others present -vere the Mayor and Mayoress or Unley < Mr. and Mis. J. M. Soutari. the chairman of the West Tor- re:is Council i Mr. A. Burt I and Mrs. Burt, and Mr. Whitford, M.L.C. In opening the new staff social club hall Mr. Richards said that ihe com pany was formed in 1916. and the .staff consisted of four. At present tne per- manent staff numbered about 150. The total number of employes was 3.280. with a weekly wage bill of about £13.667. It. must be realised, -aid Mr. Rich- ards. that this bis; undertaking mean a preal deal to Uie State, as. in add tion to the direct employment which was given, there wei-e mahr subsidiary companies that depended on the-motor trade for business. As 90 per cent of the production went out of the State. it was easy to realise the enormous amount of employment occasioned in regard to carriers. Tharf laborers, and shipping. The growth of the com- pany was due in no small measure to the co-operation and loyalty of the management and staff. Some of the staff had been with the firm since its incep- iion. In appreciation of such loyalty and assistance, the company had made available the new assembly hall for the staff. On behalf of the staff and thr social club. Mr. A. W. Hyde thanked the com pany for its cost ure. | The guests had the unique experience '
of hearing the new plant set in motion : by wireless from Melbourne, alter ? listening 10 broadcast speeches. As the new machinery was set in motion, the guests stood and sang "The Song of Australia." , Mr. Richards. replying b\- wireless to the speakers ar the Melbourne func- tion. lhanked Mr.' Lyons for having inaugurated the programme of factory extensions. He said he was pleased |to have with him that nieht his father. who had founded the firm as a car riage and buggy works in 1885. T. J., Richards & Sons. L,td.. was the oldest and largest entire'.y Awtral)an-o\vnod motor body buiidine company in Aus- Iralia. In 1930 Ihe firm's turnover was less than £200.000. but had reached nearly £1.500.000 during the last fman- icial year. The companv felt that the |continued shci-pss of the induslry de- I ponded v.pon road transport being per- ! milted to devrlon without undue inter- t?rence. as volume production was I necessary in Australia if the industry j were to supply motor vehicles at the Mr. R. S. Harden, in a broadcast speech at the Melbourne function, pro posed the toast "State Governments." and the Premier (Mr. Butler) re- sponded. This completed the two-way broad- cast. Mr. P. O. Sheard proposed the toast of the "Visitors." and Mr. Jeffries" responded. He referred 1o the great value of the motor bodv building in dustry in Sou'li Australia, anr; con- gratulated T. J. Ricljards A: Sons. Ltd. on its jirosress and enterprise. The guests then made an inspection of the factory, and later returned to the hall, where a programme of enter- Itainment wss arranged. Items were Given by Miss Madge Willmoft. Messrs. Frank Part. Frank Williams. Jock Mc- Dou^all. and Bob McCue. A dance was also held.