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Biographical entry Heine, John (1857 - 1928)

14 February 1857
Buckfastleigh, Devonshire, England
18 August 1928


John Heine was a manufacturer of food processing equipment, who arrived in Sydney about 1882. About 1900 he perfected an automatic body-forming and side soldering machine for making food cans and supplied the Sydney Jam Company. He continued to make improvements and in 1907 developed the Model 4G, which dominated can-making in Australia for about 20 years.


Born Buckfastleigh, Devon, England, 14 February 1857. Died Sydney 18 August 1928. Apprenticed to Wilcocks and Son, millwrights and founders, Buckfastleigh 1873-77; emigrated to Australia/New Zealand ca 1881; labourer building dry stone walls in New Zealand ca 1882-83; tradesman and later foreman, Howe & Rowe, sheet metal machines ca 1884-85; unsuccessful gold prospector and later blacksmith to prospectors ca 1885; established as a sole trader, J Heine - making butcher's shop equipment (carcass rails and hooks, meat mincing machines, sausage fillers and brine pumps) 1886; manufactured first inclinable press (own design and manufacture) 1895; made eldest son (John jnr) partner, John Heine & Son ca 1907. First prize at Royal Agricultural Society Show for sheet metal working machinery (own design and manufacture) 1891; first prize at Royal Agricultural Society Show for can making machinery (own design and manufacture) 1892.

Published resources


  • Feldmann, Jules, Gadsden: the First 100 Years (West Melbourne: J. Gadsden Australia, 1980), 169 pp. Details
  • White, Osmar, The Saga of the Canmaking Industry in Australia (Melbourne: Commonwealth Canmakers Association, 1956), 98 pp. Details


See also

Rosanne Walker