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"Crayon to CAD".
Well known to many members, noted automobile designer Paul Berenger is releasing a new book in February, "Crayon to CAD".
In engaging, non technical language, this 336 page limited edition hardback coffee table book takes the reader through the doors of Australia’s high security automotive design studios, tracking the progress of design, from early drawing board and crayon to sophisticated computer technologies (CAD).
A highlight of "Crayon to CAD" is the inclusion of ‘insider’ material, drawn from the author’s extensive experience and published for the first time. Archival black-and-white photographs and illustrations are included, as well as lavish full-page colour images, many with in-depth captions, sourced from previously-unreleased corporate and private archives.
More details about the book and how to place a pre-order (saving $10 off the normal price) can be found on the website, http://www.c2cpublishing.com.au
NEXT-GENERATION COMMODORE ONE STEP CLOSER TO LAUNCH; PRICING AND SPECS REVEALED
Holden has released the long awaited details of the New Generation Commodore.
Click here to read all about the new deal!
Norm Darwin's new book.
Club member and noted motoring author Norm Darwin has produced a new book entitled “Early Australian Automotive Design”.
It is a hard bound, 350 page volume dealing with the early Australian designers and their cars. Packed full of detailed research, it is illustrated with hundreds of photos, many previously unpublished.
Best of all, there is a special $50 price to Holden Retiree Club members, which runs until the next Lunch meeting on 1st March. Norm will even deliver the books to you at the meeting so that you can avoid the $15 postage and packing fee!
More information is available by clicking here (Note that the discount cut-off date there refers to non-members).
A Tribute to Holden
Just Holden magazine has produced an excellent special edition "A tribute to Holden".
Available from most newsagents, it details the last day at Holden's on October 20th and is a very 'good read' with some very informative editorials.
Also available direct from the publishers at www.cargoodies.com.au
The Holden Archives Collection by Ionic Treasures - Errors
The delivery of books is well under way to those members who have ordered them, and it is a very impressive collection and archive.
It is therefore somewhat unfortunate that some errors have crept in, which if uncorrected may cause future confusion given the authorative appearance of the volume. Following are problems noted so far; it would be appreciated if members who noticed any further problems please send details to for adding to a consolidated list. Eventually an Erratum will be generated.
- Page 10: GM Export Co started business in Sydney in 1912, not 1902.
- Page 13: “The Sydney Plant in Meeks St Marrickville…”. This address is anachronistic. The address of the Marrickville Plant was 10 Carrington Road, built in 1926. That portion of Carrington Rd was originally part of Meeks St, but Meeks St was cut in two by the construction of the Belmore Railway line. To avoid confusion, in 1921 the Council renamed the western portion of Meeks St (where the Plant was subsequently built) to Carrington Rd, which was previously just a small existing extension at the western end. The other portion of the old Meeks St still exists on the other side of the Railway line, so looking at a street map today would place the plant well out of position.
- - Page 14: GMA and HMBB merged on 1st February 1931, not 1941.
: 1929 depression – “Holden took on no automotive work”……should be "non-automotive work".
: The photo caption is wrong, the cars are 1929 Chevrolet 6 NOT 1922 Buick 4
- Page 37: The emblem shown as 1928 is incorrect, the correct emblem is shown in the 1929 advertisement shown here.
- Page 90: Photo opposite, caption says construction of Fisherman's Bend, the photo was obviously taken in the early 1960s, judging by the 1950s-60s era trucks, it could be the construction of the Tech Centre?
- Page 130: The title is misleading and should be re-worded
- Page 134: Marrickville Plant closed and “..production was transferred to Pagewood in 1936”. Pagewood was built during 1939, and was officially opened in Feb 1940. Production started at Pagewood in January 1940 The Marrickville site was sold in 1939.
- Page 214: The price of the 48-215 should be Six hundred and Seventy five pounds plus sales tax, Holden advertisement shown here.
- Page 215: Model 48-215 is Sedan only; Model 50-2106 is utility only' and NO panel van in this series.
- Page 218: WB Statesman/Caprice, utilities and vans were NOT titled Statesman/Caprice
Australian Muscle Car magazine has in the December issue #98 a six page article about the history of Pagewood Plant (Sydney) and the outlook for the site. Available until 20th December for $9.99 at newsagents or online.
As the story points out, soon the only trace of Holden at Pagewood will be the workers’ old pub, as remaining buildings at GM-H’s former Sydney assembly plant are completely torn down ahead of an apartment block being built on the site.
Did you pay your $5 subscription by Direct Credit on September 2nd,3rd or 4th? If so, please contact the Treasurer on to confirm that your subscription has been correctly credited. We have received one with no name attached, so don’t know from whom it came.
Heaps Good History - Holden podcasts
The Adelaide Advertiser newspaper has been producing items about the Holden Plant at Elizabeth and Holden in general for some months as we approached the closure of Holden manufacturing.
Of particular interest are some Podcasts in the "Heaps Good History" series. The first is an excellent short history of Holden, including interviews with Roger Gibbs, Stewart Underwood and Don Loffler. The second is an interview with Stewart Underwood, recalling his memories of his time at Holden. Lastly, is an interview with noted Author of many Holden related books, Don Loffler.
These files will play on any mp3 player - just click the links:
Our thanks to author Greg Barila for permission to reproduce these files here.
More Holden related items can be found on the website, http://www.adelaidenow.com.au, and on the Holden Media site, http://media.gm.com/media/au/en/holden/manufacturing
New: GMH Motoring Club page UPDATE
There is now a new section dealing with the Woodville Motoring Club.
The GMH Motoring Clubs started in the early 50's and thrived for next twenty or so years. Our members Marcus McInnes, Bob Watson and Charles Knight have added to a collection of photos donated by Mrs Jenny Bey, wife of then Club Secretary, John Bey, to put together a snapshot of the Club's activities.
It can be found on the Memories Menu, or by clicking here.
Holden News Page refresh
Regular users will have noticed that the Holden News page has not been updating lately. This page was setup and maintained by Holden, but due to reduced head counts and revised responsibilities, the news updates have somewhat been neglected.
So, the page has now undergone a change of direction, where the individual news items have been replaced with a link which will let you directly access the Holden Media website. This site is where many of the media access the latest news about Holden People, Projects and Products, so now you too are able to see news as it is posted, often at the same time as the media. Plus you can access Press Kits, product photos and videos, and more.
There is also a link to the new Holden 2.0 website.
Look for the links on the Holden News page.
The People Magazine archive is now complete, with all known issues available on the People Magazine page.
The Memories/Photographs page has gained a number of new photos, prime amongst them is a copy of Laurance Hartnett's own album of Fishermens Bend in 1938, plus on the GM Australia page, an album of the opening of the Sydney Branch of GMA in 1926.
If you have any contributions to our collection, please contact Neil Pogson at or 03 9589 3196 to arrange for them to be scanned.
Members' Memories Pages!!
The Members' Memories area is listed on the Main menu bar.
The page is intended to be "A repository for privately held photographs of Holden people and things, personal recollections and untold history". We want to copy those photos you have in the back of a draw somewhere, or your reminiscences of all things Holden, funny or sad or just plain history.
Some of our regular contributors have set the ball rolling, with interesting things such as “The Great Kangaroo Hunt”, “The Saga of the Saab Turbo Commodore”, photos of the construction of the Proving Ground and much more. But we still need your help to make this a meaningful collection. We do not intend to put the Libraries or the Newspapers out of action, so we do not really want things published elsewhere unless they are particularly rare or otherwise unavailable.
So browse through the items already loaded and you will get a taste for what we want, and I hope, be inspired to dig out your stuff and send it to us. Any originals will be scanned and returned to you (we will bear reasonable costs incurred) although items already scanned are welcomed.
Please send items to Neil Pogson at , or by mail to
1 Glenwood Ave
03 9589 3196
Change to the HRC joining guidelines.
As foreshadowed at the December Meeting, your Committee has now decided to reduce the Years of Service guideline for HRC Membership from ten years to five years. This is in response to some current Holden employees who are being retrenched through no fault of their own, and who wish to maintain a connection with Holden.
This change is effective immediately, and the application form on our web site "www.hrc.org.au/the-club/membership" has been updated accordingly.
"People" magazine no longer mailed to home.
"People Magazine" is no longer mailed to homes, but is still produced in both hard copy and a PDF version. Copies will in future be distributed by email to those for whom the Retirees Club has an email address, while a limited number of hard copies will be available at the quarterly HRC Lunches for those without email.
If you have an email address but have not advised HRC of it, please do so now at so you can continue to regularly receive this interesting magazine.
Calling old Newsletters and Holden magazines!!
The Newsletter Archive page has issues back to and including 1994, except for some issues from 1998, 1997 and 1995. But we have run out of sources for the missing and earlier newsletters!
If you have a copy of any of the missing or earlier newsletters or magazines, please contact Neil Pogson at .
We would like to borrow them for scanning and will return them in the same condition as we receive them. Don't worry if they are not in pristine condition, any copy is better than no copy! We will reimburse any cost incurred.
To read the newsletters, go to the link "Newsletters" in the Memories drop down menu, or click here.
Holden Magazines are listed under the 'Holden' menu.
This site is intended to bring together in one convenient place, information of interest to our Holden Retirees. Here you will find links to help keep you informed about the Club, ease the purchase of new and used vehicles directly from Holden Company Vehicle Operations (CVO), and read Bulletins of interest from Holden Corporate Affairs.
The Holden Retirees Club (HRC) is an informal group, primarily aimed at providing a venue where old friends can meet for a drink, have a meal and a chat in pleasant surroundings. We are a not-for-profit club, run by volunteers, with the proceeds from the small annual subscription fee being used to provide the venue, organise interesting speakers, and support Club activities.
Surplus funds are donated annually to Charities which are appropriate to our time of life.
Retirees only need at least five years' service with Holden. Just fill in the application form (available from the Membership page) and send to the Treasurer with your subscription. The Membership page contains all necessary details, including clarification of eligible 'Holden service'.
There is also a Retiree's News page for you to read news of interest to our members. So please use the link on the News page, and send us news of interest to your mates.
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Page 14 The photo caption is wrong, the cars are 1929 Chevrolet 6 NOT
1922 Buick 4