ECHUCA ORDNANCE FACTORY
BALL BEARING FACTORY
ECHUCA, VIC
DURING WW2

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In August 1942, a submission was made under Finance Authority No. 58 for the provision of funds for the establishment of a Ball Bearing Factory at Echuca and 100,000 was allocated for the purpose, of which 70,000 was for machinery and plant and 30,000 for buildings.

In June 1945, the Ball Bearing Factory was fairly well established working a single shift employing 147 personnel.

In August 1945, the Echuca Ordnance Factory was the only ball bearing factory in Australia. It was at that time manufacturing single row ball bearings for defence needs in the area of mechanised transport.

On 3 August 1945, Agendum No. 305/1945 was submitted to the War Cabinet recommending the establishment of a new section for the production of tapered roller bearings. The proposal was recommended by Norman Makin, the Minister for Munitions. The new section would be under the control of a foreman and about 7 personnel. Six special grinding machines were to be imported from the United States at a cost of 18,500.

 

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Title
War Cabinet Agendum - No 154/1944 - Ball bearing factory, Echuca, Victoria
Series number
A2671
Control symbol
154/1944
Contents date range
13 Apr 1944 - 21 Apr 1944
 
Access status
Not yet examined
Location
Canberra
Barcode
7569920

 

Title
Department of Munitions. Ball Bearing Factory, Echuca, Victoria.
Series number
A5954
Control symbol
494/16
Contents date range
1943 - 1945
 
Access status
Open
Location
Canberra
Barcode
649442
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Title
Welfare in Factories, General Correspondence - Welfare Officers, Government Factories Echuca Ordnance Factory (Ball-Bearing)
Series number
B3533
Control symbol
1611/1/18
Contents date range
1945 - 1945
 
Access status
Open
Location
Melbourne
Barcode
326692
 

 

Title
War Cabinet Agendum - No 305/1945 - Ordnance Factory, Echuca - Establishment of a section for production of tapered roller bearings
Series number
A2671
Control symbol
305/1945
Contents date range
24 Jul 1945 - 21 Aug 1945
 
Access status
Not yet examined
Location
Canberra
Barcode
8283197

 

Title
Subject:- Munitions medical service (Victoria) Echuca Ordinance Factory
Series number
A1928
Control symbol
1026/12/117
Contents date range
1943 - 1943
 
Access status
Open
Location
Canberra
Barcode
146176
 

 

Title
Cabinet general administrative committee, decision GA (D) 22 - Ordnance Factory, Echuca
Series number
A5954
Control symbol
1483/4
Contents date range
circa 1937 - circa 1971
 
Access status
Not yet examined
Location
Canberra
Barcode
1492097

 

Title
War Cabinet Agendum - No 154/1944 - Ball bearing factory, Echuca, Victoria
Series number
A2670
Control symbol
154/1944
Contents date range
13 Apr 1944 - 19 Apr 1944
 
Access status
Not yet examined
Location
Canberra
Barcode
7566499

 

Title
Echuca Vic - Compulsory Acquisition 19 January 1944 - Site for Housing Senior Personnel of Ordnance Factory
Series number
A6074
Control symbol
PO6544
Contents date range
1944 - 1947
 
Access status
Not yet examined
Location
Canberra
Barcode
6933178

 

Title
Food Services Branch Department of Supply and Development - Echuca Ordnance Factory
Series number
B3533
Control symbol
1736/7/2
Contents date range
1943 - 1951
 
Access status
Not yet examined
Location
Melbourne
Barcode
971724

 

Title
Echuca - Victoria - Ordnance factory - General file
Series number
B6591
Control symbol
D7436
Contents date range
26 Mar 1943 - 18 Nov 1949
 
Access status
Not yet examined
Location
Melbourne
Barcode
9566360

 

Title
Personnel Practice Branch Reports Government Factories - Echuca Ordnance Factory
Series number
B3533
Control symbol
1611/2/18
Contents date range
1945 - 1945
 
Access status
Not yet examined
Location
Melbourne
Barcode
970789

 

Title
Echuca Vic - Compulsory Acquisition of Land for Commonwealth Purposes 29 September 1943 - Site for Munitions Factory - Settlement With State of Victoria
Series number
A6074
Control symbol
PO5903
Contents date range
1943 - 1946
 
Access status
Not yet examined
Location
Canberra
Barcode
6969845

 

Title
Echuca ordnance factory - Heating and ventilation [contains 1 plan]
Series number
B6591
Control symbol
D7348
Contents date range
5 Mar 1943 - 29 Aug 1947
 
Access status
Not yet examined
Location
Melbourne
Barcode
9566356

 

Title
Ordnance Factory Echuca - Applications for employment [2.00 cms]
Series number
MP1406/4
Control symbol
15/1/869
Contents date range
1943 - 1949
 
Access status
Open
Location
Melbourne
Barcode
3270196
 

 

Title
Ordnance Factory - Echuca - General file [2.00 cms]
Series number
MP959/37
Control symbol
245/541/33
Contents date range
1943 - 1947
 
Access status
Open
Location
Melbourne
Barcode
3203920
 

 

Title
History of ordnance factories at Maryibyrnong, Bendigo, Echuca, Horsham, Hamilton, Stawell
Series number
MP438/3
Control symbol
S/54
Contents date range
1922 - 1945
 
Access status
Open
Location
Melbourne
Barcode
382868
 

 

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