Newcastle Central Fire Brigade at G. H. Varley

The Newcastle Central Fire Brigade - with their horse-drawn fire-fighting cart - outside G. H. Varley's workshop (left of image) in King Street, Newcastle. Image captured circa 1890.

The large Bonds Store building in the background (next door to Varley) remains today, however Varley's workshop was demolished and replaced by a brick office building many decades ago.

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UoN Industry and Employability Awards 2017


The University of Newcastle recently held their annual Industry and Employability Awards for 2017.

Varley are delighted to share that Alexander Austin, a recent intern with Varley Group currently completing a Bachelor of Business/Innovation and Entrepreneurship, received a Highly Commended award in the Work Integrated Learning category.

Congratulations to Alex and all the award winners for 2017, and our thanks to UoN for allowing us to be a part of this great initiative for students!

Read more about the awards and recipients here:

You can also watch a video interview captured with Alex during his Varley internship here:

Two awards at the 2017 HMAs!


Huge congratulations and thanks to all our excellent team members for earning both the Manufacturer of the Year and Excellence in Manufacturing Process accolades at this year's Hunter Manufacturing Awards!

We have a uniquely brilliant team that has worked tirelessly to thoroughly deserve these awards.

Varley and Castle working together

An excellent feature article about Castle Personnel in today's Newcastle Herald:

Castle is a not-for-profit organisation providing disability services to people with a disability or disadvantage in the Hunter, Central Coast and Manning Regions.

We are proud to work with the team at Castle and admire their ongoing success!

Varley hosts UoN placement students

Pictured: our student interns with Justin (left) and Jan (2nd right).

We have been delighted to host a number of university students undertaking study-related placements at our Tomago HQ recently.

Qixang Zhang, Minghao Li and Yuechen Zhu undertook an internship through the University of Newcastle and the Performance Education Group – a pilot program for international students undertaking a compressed internship for business management. The group were set outcome-based research challenges and presented their conclusions back to Justin England (Financial Controller) and Jan Dobbie (HR Manager).

In addition, Summer Leckey has been undertaking HR-related work experience with Jan over the past 4 weeks on a part time. Summer has both observed and undertaken work in assessing applications for advertised vacancies, lining up interviews, conducting reference checks and preparing employment agreements.

All students were exceptional contributors to the business throughout their time with Varley and the collaboration was extremely beneficial for everyone involved. Our sincere thanks to Qixang, Minghao, Yuechen and Summer for their wonderful efforts.

Visit our website Careers page for more information about our student internship programs:

Varley partners with Rafael


We are proud to announce a partnership with Rafael Advanced Defense Systems to establish a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Australia.

This facility will provide production and support of Rafael's new, fifth generation Spike LR2 anti-tank guided missile.

Read Defence Connect's full coverage of our partnership here:

30 Years for Macca and Pete!


Immense congratulations to Michael ‘Macca’ McIlwrath and Peter Dickinson on recently notching up an incredible 30 years with Varley!

Macca and Pete have been added to our Honour Board recognising current and former employees whom have served the company for 30 years or more.

Well done and sincere thanks to Macca and Pete from everyone at Varley for helping to build our ongoing successes!

AFAC 2017 is here!

Varley's Ultralight Fire Tanker is on display at AFAC this week.

Are you attending #AFAC17 this week?

Catch us at Stand 112 to see our Ultralight Tanker on display and chat to our team about Varley’s ever-expanding range of fire and emergency service capabilities.

The 2017 conference is set to be the biggest and best yet, so be sure to head to ICC Sydney today - Wednesday!

Further info and conference schedules available here:

Varley turns 131!

George Henry Varley with his team, circa 1886.

This month marks Varley’s 131st Birthday!

Founded in 1886 as a small plumbing and boiler-making business by George Henry Varley, the company serviced the industrial maintenance and ship repair markets in Newcastle and the Hunter.

Varley has since diversified and steadily grown to provide a comprehensive range of engineering and manufacturing services to a wide variety of major industries.

Today, Varley has a strong presence both throughout Australia and internationally, with 15 national facilities plus three sites in the USA and two in Indonesia.

Interestingly, several other major global companies were established in 1886, including:

- Coca-Cola

- Ladbrokes

- Knoll Pharmaceuticals

- Tissot

Read more about Varley’s extensive and fascinating history here:

Thanks to all of our customers, suppliers, employees and friends for helping us reach yet another birthday!