We're Glad that You're Here

"Fletcher was good to us girls from Fram - we could always get a job at Fletcher's. We'd catch the school bus into Warrnambool." Violet Clark: Framlingham Aboriginal Mission

Fletcher Jones welcomed people of all cultures, abilities and ages to work and many people have said that no-one ever got the sack!  Often whole families worked at Fletchers.  Fletcher Jones employees say they felt like they belonged to a family and they were described that way in the cover of the presentation booklet that staff received when they joined the company.    At the back it said: "This booklet ....brings to you the sincere wishes of job satisfaction, self expression and success as a member of the F.J. Staff." 

Fletcher Jones contributed to enriching the local cultural landscape in Warrnambool.  The Italian tailors in particular made their mark.   They formed what we think was likely the first soccer team in Warrnambool.  They were called Gothic (named after a cafe where the Italian tailors often shared a meal that was upstairs on the corner of Lava and Liebig Sts (where Thomas the Jewellers is now).  

 

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This picture of Franz and Elsa Burger is probably for their engagement in Vienna in 1923. Share by Ralph Jones Junior
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Jack Caple seated centre at a trade show in 1963 representing FJs with Mrs Cockling, Mark Mitchkulnig and Ken Ogier.  Photo: Jones Family Collection
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Gaetano Remine with friends and the famous Plus8 Man  in the FJ gardens. Image:Gaetano Remine
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Gae and Nino - Italian tailors in the FJ Gardens - photo from Gaetano Remine
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