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Biographical entry Grimwade, Harold William (1869 - 1949)


18 May 1869
St Kilda, Victoria, Australia
2 January 1949
Frankston, Victoria, Australia
Pharmaceutical manufacturer, Manufacturer, Pharmacist and Company director


Harold William Grimwade, like his brothers Edward and Wilfred, was a successful business man who helped advance Australia's pharmaceutical, glass, plastics and chemical manufacturing industries. He completed his pharmacy apprenticeship in London and returned to Melbourne to act as warehouse manager at Felton, Grimwade & Co. In 1893 he was made a partner of the firm. In 1910 when their father Frederick Sheppard Grimwade die, he and his two brothers inherited the company. They also inherited substantial interests in their father's many other businesses which included Felton Grimwade & Bickford's of Perth, J. Bosisto & Co., Cuming Smith & Co. Ltd, the Adelaide Chemical and Fertilizer Co. Ltd, and the Melbourne Glass Bottle Works Pty Ltd (later Australian Glass Manufacturers Ltd). In 1912 they established Australian Oxygen Co. which became known as Australian Oxygen and Industrial Gases Pty Ltd. In around 1920. When war broke out in 1914 Harold Grimwade left the company to fight. He become chief embarkation officer for the Australian Imperial Force in Victoria, and then joined the 4th Field Artillery Brigade in 1915. After the war he was appointed general officer commanding Artillery, Australian Corps. From 1926 to 1930 he commanded 4th Division, Australian Military Forces. Grimwade later rejoined the family business becoming chairman of A.C.I. and of Felton Grimwade & Duerdins.



1893 -
Career position - Partner of Felton, Grimwade & Co.
Career position - Joined the Australian Imperial Force
Career position - Head of the 4th Field Artillery Brigade in Egypt and France
1916 - c. 1918
Career position - Brigadier General and commander of the 3rd Division Artillery
Award - Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG)
Award - Companion of the Order of Bath (CB)
c. 1919
Career position - General Officer commanding Artillery, Australian Corps
1926 - 1930
Career position - Commanded 4th Division, Australian Military Forces

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