A century of industry culminates in a weekend of festivities for the whole family…….
Spring-wet weather did not dampen the enthusiasm of the crowds of people who attended Mawsons centenary celebrations this October. Held over two days, the event attracted several thousand people to Mawsons home town of Cohuna in Northern Victoria, all keen to enjoy the displays of old and new equipment, and the photographic journey of the company from its inception in 1912.
The gala dinner on Saturday night was the perfect glamorous event to launch the Mawsons Centenary Book and DVD “Loads of Experience”, which traces the history of the company from its beginnings as a wood cutting, cartage and earthmoving partnership to the expansive business it is today. In officially launching the book, Federal MP for Murray, Dr. Sharman Stone stated that ‘Loads of Experience’ “Captured the very essence of pioneering businesses in rural Australia, with many images of men standing proudly alongside their machines and the roads, bridges and buildings that were the result of their hard work”.
Mawsons’ joint venture partner, Adelaide Brighton Limited Managing Director, Mark Chellew, presented John Mawson with a commemorative cup recognising a century of service to the construction industry by the Mawson family and their very competent staff. In reply John, who is the grandson of founder E.B. Mawson and current Mawsons Managing Director, thanked ABL and his staff and acknowledged the importance of loyalty and teamwork in achieving 100 years of successful business.
Generations of employees and suppliers sang Happy Birthday and applauded as founder E. B. Mawson’s three sons; Ken, Bernie and Lloyd, cut a birthday cake and watched a 25 minute DVD showing historical and modern images which depicted the growth and progress of Mawsons since 1912.
The weekend was rounded off with a family day where Mawsons’ 25 Year Club members, employees and their families enjoyed lunch and live entertainment. Younger partygoers were treated to fairground rides while older participants walked amongst the large collection of old and new equipment and reflected on how equipment has improved over the years.
The Mawsons Centenary Celebrations are dynamic proof that industry in rural Australia is alive - growing and thriving throughout 100 years of economic ups and downs. From one man’s vision has flourished 23 concrete plants and 6 hard rock quarries employing over 250 people, providing economic stability to families and communities from Broken Hill to Seymour. It was with honour that the present day Mawson family hosted these events, firstly, in gratitude to their forefathers, and secondly, with great vision for a resilient, robust and continually successful company and working community.
** Mawsons Centenary books and DVD can be purchased by utilizing the online order form at Order Form