Ford: Opens Historic Archive Centre



More than 80 years of Ford history in Australia has found a safe new home.  Ford Australia President and CEO, Bob Graziano, opened the Ford Australia Archives this week at the company’s head office in Campbellfield, Melbourne.  Graziano dedicated the centre to the late Adrian Ryan, who was instrumental in collecting many Ford documents, photos and brochures and storing them for safekeeping. Ryan worked for many years in Ford’s Public Affairs department.  The collection includes historically important Ford documents and photos dating from the company’s early manufacturing days in Australia. It is believed to be one of the most comprehensive archives of motor manufacturing in the region.  The Ford Australia Archives is one of only four historical archives in the entire Ford Motor Company.  “The others are in Dearborn in the United States, Cologne in Germany and the UK,” Graziano said.  “A lot of work has gone into the establishment of these archives over many years and we are very pleased that the collection is now housed in a manner that will allow us to ensure it survives for some time to come.  “What we have here serves as a centralised historical information research centre for us, our employees, contractors, suppliers, agencies and customers.”

“We believe he would be quite chuffed to see the archives treated with the respect they deserve.”  Ryan passed away in 2009.


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