Pleasant Hill Development 1947-2005

David Fletcher Jones was the youngest son of Fletcher Jones. He worked with his father and was involved in the business for 40 years, the last 12 as Managing Director.  

In 2005, David compiled the slide show you will find below of the development of the Pleasant Hill factory and gardens from 1947-2005 .  It is his voice we hear in the commentary and he took some of the photographs.    It is a fascinating glimpse and record of the changes to the site over time. Perhaps strangley it is mostly black and white photos though there were many colour photographs and postcards of much of this era.  You will find many other colour photos elsewhere on this site.  

It appears that David made this slide show and commentary at the time when a Conservation Management Plan was being drawn up under the site ownership of Warrnambool City Council - leading towards State Heritage Listing of key elements of the site in 2016.  

The FJ site  underwent a lot of change from 1947 till the late 70s, the time when Fletcher Jones died.  After this period, and up till 2005, when the factory closed, the site had little further development.  David had strong views about conservation priorities for the site. These are detailed in his written response to the Conservation Management Plan.  (document link below) 

RESPONSE TO CONSERVATION MANAGEMENT PLAN

FOR FLETCHER JONES FACTORY AND GARDENS

D.F.Jones

December 2005

View of eastern part of the Pleasant Hill factory in the mid 1960s.  Photo: Jones Family Collection
Pleasant Hill - the famous Plus 8 Man with the factory in the background. - both in their heyday.  The Plus 8 Man is very badly damaged and beyond repair.  Postcard from the 1960s
View of the round room and factory - mid 1960s postcard.
David Jones, Managing Director and son of Fletcher Jones in his office, 1989.  Photo: Jones Family Collection

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