The Varley Story – Part 1

George Henry Varley (front) with the early staff members outside the King Street workshop.

In August 1886, a notice in the Newcastle Morning Herald read:

To Shipowners, Colliery Managers, & to Public of Newcastle.

G.H. VARLEY begs to notify to the above that he has commenced Business as a COPPERSMITH, BRASS FINISHER, PLUMBER, GASFITTER &c., &c., at the corner King and Perkin Streets, next to Gates’ stores.

All orders promptly attended to. Good workmanship guaranteed at moderate charges.

George Henry Varley was officially in business.

Using his horse and cart to carry workmen, parts and equipment to the nearby bustling wharves of the port of Newcastle, George was building the foundations for what would become one of Australia’s oldest and most advanced engineering companies…

Stay tuned for more of the incredible Varley Story.