Surrey Tannery

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Advertisement. Courtesy Federation University Historical Collection [Cat. No. 8281].



W.E. Swenson and his two sons, J.G. Swenson and S.B. Swenson, ran the Surrey Tannery which was established in 1887. In 1908 they advertised as tanners, fellmongers and leather dressers. They made leggings, footballs, harnesses and bookbinding leathers.[1]


‘The leather vests – 100 altogether – for winter wear by the soldiers in the trenches, which the people of Mount Pleasant sent to the Lady Mayoress of Melbourne a few days ago, have brought Mount Pleasant very prominently before the Red Cross workers in Melbourne. The vests have been on exhibition at Government House, and the Mayoress of the Town (Mrs Hoare), who was in Melbourne on Monday with Miss Warmington (secretary of the Ballarat East Red Cross branch), was told that they were the best that had been received. They have been admired by all who have seen them. The vests were made at Swenson’s factory, and the money to pay for them was raised at a fete at Pearce’s Park a few weeks ago. Prior to that the Mount Pleasant people filled over 200 billies, at an estimated cost of £80, and they have by no means exhausted themselves. Arrangements have been made with the Caledonian Society’s Pipe Band to give a concert in Pearce’s Park on 22nd inst., and in January the Golden Point Cricket Club will hold a fair for patriotic purposes. ' [2]


Sunnyside corner, Humffray Street South, Mount Pleasant


Swenson's Tannery, Sunnyside Corner c1900 Courtesy Federation University Historical Collection [Cat. No. 2990].

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  1. Ballarat Courier Christmas Supplement, December 1908.
  2. The Ballarat Courier (Vic. : 1914 – 1918) Friday 12 November 1915, page 2.

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--C.K.Gervasoni 18:29, 1 March 2011 (EST)

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