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Biographical entry Goninan, Alfred (1865 - 1953)

29 May 1865
St Just, Cornwall, England
25 August 1953
Chatswood, New South Wales, Australia


Alfred Goninan established an engineering business at Wickham, near Newcastle, New South Wales, with his brother Ralph (1899). By 1926 the brothers were joint managing directors and Alfred was chairman. They made pitheads, boilers, wagons and a huge, cast 41-ton block for the district's coal trade. Although he left the firm because of personal debts during the Depression, the firm survived. It still bears his name and is Australia's largest maker of rail-cars. Goninan also helped to establish Commonwealth Steel Products Co. Ltd at Waratah, Newcastle, mainly to produce railway wheels and axles.

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