Business and Industry History

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After World War 1 light industry was attracted to the municipality by the supply of labour, available land and good rail and road links, and by the efforts of Council. The old Sugar Works was recycled for use by Huttons in 1908-82 as their meat processing plant.

During the 1950s some important Australian manufacturers located here, including iconic names such as Sunbeam's Victa Lawnmowers in Campsie, Simpson Pope washing machines in Belmore, and King Gee Clothing in Kingsgrove , as well as the Coca Cola Factory. We also had Bill Buckle Motors who produced the Goggomobil, of the yellow pages advertisement fame, in Punchbowl, and Pates Potteries of Belmore. All have closed or relocated elsewhere. Collins Stationers, W.C. Penfolds, Simplicity Paper, Marshall Batteries, Holland Blinds, Rainsfords have also been located in Canterbury City at some stage. In spite of the changes in Australian industry in the last 20 years, there are still many small industries dotted around the city.