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Biographical entry Wunderlich, Frederick Otto (1861 - 1951)

28 June 1861
Islington, England
12 May 1951
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia


Frederick Wunderlich was a co-founder of the firm which became known as Wunderlich Ltd - specialists in terracotta products. At first all products were imported but from 1910 local produced was established at the Wunderlich works in Brunswick, Victoria. The firm grew into a highly successful company with branches in all Australian States and in Wellington, New Zealand. Wunderlich Ltd was the first Australian firm to introduce a 44 hour week without a pay reduction (1908) and in 1914 started a profit-sharing scheme for employees. Wunderlich was in fact a practicing doctor before migrating to Australia in 1900. However upon arrival in Sydney he joined his brothers Ernest and Alfred in the Wunderlich Patent Ceiling & Roofing Co. Ltd. He concentrated on the administrative, technical and scientific aspects of the company. He became a life director of Wunderlich Ltd when the company united with Rocke.



Education - Lettres completed at the Université de Lausanne in Switzerland
1885 -
Career position - Member of the Royal College of Surgeons
Education - Licentiate of the Royal College of Physicians of London (LRCP, St Bartholemew's Hospital in London
c. 1885 - c. 1900
Career position - Practised medicine in London
Education - Dip. Pub. Health RCPS completed at St Bartholemew's Hospital
Life event - Migrated to Australia (Sydney)
1908 -
Career position - Life Director of Wunderlich Ltd

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  • Walsh, G. P., 'Wunderlich, Frederick Otto (1861-1951), [Medical Practitioner and Manufacturer]', in John Ritchie (ed.), Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 12, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1990, pp. 587-589. Also available at Details

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