Ford Australia - The Cars and the People That Built Them

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Authors: Doug Wallace and Michele Cook, Hardbound, 400 Pages, ISBN: 9781742577081 -- Published in 2016, 

This  book chronicles the 88 years in which Ford built cars in Australia for Australian conditions and interviews many of the people who worked for the company. It constitutes the complete history of Ford production in this country, with many rare images and essential production statistics. The perfect book for every Ford enthusiast, or anyone with an affinity for cars or industrial Australia

On March 31, 1925, US manufacturer Ford announced that Geelong would be the Australian headquarters of its local production. The first Australian-built Ford was a Model T that came off an improvised production line in a disused Geelong woolstore in June 1925, while work started on a factory in the nearby suburb of Norlane.

In 1928 the factory switched to the Model A and was followed by the Ford V8 in 1932. In 1956 the company bought a large tract of land in the northern Melbourne suburb of Broadmeadows, and in July 1961 announced that the new Melbourne factory would become the company headquarters. On the 23 May 2013, Ford announced that its factories in Geelong and Broadmeadows would be closed down in October 2016.

This book chronicles the 88 years in which Ford built cars in Australia for Australian conditions and interviews many of the people who worked for the company. It constitutes the complete history of Ford production in this country, with many rare images and essential production statistics. The perfect book for every Ford enthusiast, or anyone with an affinity for cars or industrial Australia.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Doug Wallace worked in the plastic industry for twelve years before joining Ford Motor Company as an engineer tasked with investigating the financial viability of Ford establishing a Plastics Plant. Michele Cook worked for Trans Australian Airlines and Kodak before joining Ford in 1987 as a senior Systems Analyst, gaining extensive experience supporting the sales, manufacturing, product development, purchasing, and finance groups. Michele left Ford in 2007, returning in 2008 to assume control of the Ford Australia company archives, one of four worldwide, the others being in Dearborn, United Kingdom and Germany. The archives acquires and preserves significant company records, including paper, audio-visual and electronic, that document the history of the company, its products, subsidiaries, employees and plants from the 1920’s to the present day.

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24 Reviews

  • 5
    FORD AUSTRALIA , The Cars and the People Who Built Them

    Posted by J.P. on 11th Oct 2016

    This is a great publication! My main interest is in the early years,having had an interest in Ford history for over 50 years. I am very pleased to ad this one to my collection of Ford books. Michele and Doug have put together a lasting legacy to Ford Motor Co., Australia.

  • 5
    Ford Australia: The Cars and People That Built Them

    Posted by Pamela S. on 25th Sep 2016

    great book

  • 3
    Great book, but some sloppy errors and "lazy" photos.

    Posted by John on 24th Sep 2016

    7/10. Be aware that many photos are simply those taken from the brochures, so we have seen much of them already. There are also quite a number of errors throughout, which does tend to indicate lazy research.

  • 5
    Ford Australia: The Cars and the People That Built Them

    Posted by Larry B. on 24th Sep 2016

    After two months and eleven days I finally received my new book! It looks like a nice comprehensive book on Ford in Australia. It just takes a long time to get a book to Florida from Australia.

  • 5
    The Cars and the People that Built Them

    Posted by JOHN F. on 3rd Sep 2016

    Top book. Credit to those involved in its publication.

  • 3
    Ford Australia

    Posted by Neil P. on 27th Aug 2016

    Great book, a bit light on for the fifties tho.

  • 4
    Interesting history

    Posted by Michael C. on 17th Aug 2016

    Bought this book for a family member who has just purchased an XR8 Sprint. He has read through the first half of the book quite quickly. The early history of Ford Australia is very interesting. The book covers the history of various characters involved in bringing Fords to Australia, some moving the operation ahead, some costing it a lot. It also at least touches upon the various negotiations with government to help fund an Aussie car industry. Many things happened in that early history that one would not expect, making for an interesting account. Also of course the book covers the history of the mighty Falcon, and the changes that the Aussies made from the very outset to make the Aussie Falcon a substantially better car than the US Falcon it was originally derived from.

    The later history of Ford he has not read yet, but for that early history alone its worth 4 stars. The book is also very well presented, and makes an excellent gift.

  • 5
    Gordo

    Posted by Gordon M. on 16th Aug 2016

    I work at Ford Motor Co & tried all the usual outlets. Was so pleased I found someone who sold this incredible book detailing the history of Ford Motor Company at a sensible, non-inflated price.

  • 5
    Great book - awesome photos

    Posted by Leigh W. on 10th Aug 2016

    Great book - awesome photos

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