We start on Facebook

February 4th, 2014 Tonia Wilcox set up the save the Silver Ball and Fletcher's Gardens Facebook Page.  The membership quickly grew and people started posting photos and memories of the Silver Ball and the FJ gardens.  By now, it looks as though the Fletcher Jones site may be lost as it is in such a bad state of repair and people fear the loss of the FJ Water Tower AKA Silver Ball and Fletcher's gardens in particular.  The photos show parts of the factory and how derelict it has become.  Photos of a rusty airconditioner in danger of falling and of the rusty pipes underneath the Silver Ball were sent to Warrnambool City Council and Heritage Victoria and this sparked orders for removal for public safety.    However, it was not until the new owner, Dean Montgomery bought the site in May, 2014 that the works were actually undertaken.  

Inside the Quonset Hut 2014, formerly the FJ Dry Cleaning, Reforming and Repair department. Photo: Dale Starick
Photo: Dale Starick
Photo: Dale Starick
Photo: Dale Starick
Photo: Dale Starick
Rusty pipes under the Silver Ball.  Photo: Dale Starick
Participate

Become a Part of the Fletcher Jones Story.

If you would like to share images, stories or anecdotes about Fletcher Jones, the man or the business, please contact the Project Coordinator, Julie Eagles, through this website or contact via the Save the Silver Ball and Fletcher’s Gardens Facebook Page.  

We'd also love your feedback about our website and your favourite stories.  You can also let us know if you think we've got anything wrong, misspelt or left out.