Industry and Innovation
Marrickville's Industry and Innovation is a compilation of images and information about some of the prominent industries that historically were a part of the Marrickville area. This is accompanied by an online tour of the industries, accessible through the historical image database HistoryPin.
The Marrickville Manufacturers' Exhibition was held in Marrickville Town Hall from 28 March to 6 April 1935.
The Official Souvenir produced for the exhibition urged that Australians show "goodwill to the Australian manufacturer and... faith in the things he makes". The exhibition was seen as an important tool in developing the general public's knowledge of local industry.
Marrickville Municipal Council coordinated the exhibition. It was an excellent opportunity to showcase all the local benefits the area could offer to prospective manufacturers. The exhibition consisted of 64 exhibitors, ranging from large companies such as General Motors and Fowlers Potteries, to smaller manufacturers like Shelleys Ltd (cordials) and Fernhead Manufacturing Co (door fittings).
The exhibition was opened by the NSW Governor Sir Alexander Hore-Ruthven who commented "we are all producers and consumers, and if we realise that fact... we shall realise then that we have all to pull together".
The exhibition demonstrated that manufacturers such as Vicars Woollen Mills and ETA Peanuts were a core part of Marrickville's social fabric, providing employment, services and products.
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