A brief profile of George Montgomery

George was born in Melbourne on the 11Th August 1923 and lived his early life in Moonee Ponds

His wife Betty, passed away on 21ST September 2014 aged 91 years after many very happy years together. They had a son, Nigel who has 2 children—Bronwyn and Joseph and now two great grandchildren at George’s ripe old age of 96 years

EDUCATION—After a primary education at Moonee Ponds, George was at Brunswick Tech for 4 years and then RMIT from 1942 to 1950 where he graduated with a Diploma of Mechanical Engineering in 1950

WORKING LIFE—In his working life George had a stellar 30 years at McPhersons LTD commencing in 1938 as a machine tool apprentice fitting and turning—then as a design engineer and  as Works Manager for his last 18years when McPhersons in 1969 decided to cease machine tools manufacturing—with many overseas periods in Great Britain, France, Germany, Switzerland and Italy for McPhersons. During his time at McPhersons George created and produced the well-known “Mascon “machine tool to its highest standard

Then George moved to Flexible Danes (10 yrs.), Email Ltd (2yrs), Vulcan Aust( 2years), Lumacell Plastics( 2 years), all in Manufacturing Manager roles

CIVIC SERVICE—Essendon Technical College Council 1952-58–President1956-58

                             Haileybury College Scout Committee—1963 to 1973—President1970-73

SPORTING LIFE—Past Committee Member of Rossdale Golf Club

                Current Member Victoria Golf Club—joined in 1975

Other interests have been wrestling, Gymnastics and Horse Riding

George tells the story that he wrestled with Olympic Champion wrestler—Dick Garrard –and finished up with a thick ear—which is still with George today

FREEMASONRY—started at Philatelic Lodge in 1952 and still very active at Welcome Lodge—so over 67 years a Mason. A past Master in the Craft

GARDENING—George and his wife Betty loved Gardening. At their Pellatt Street current home, they planted 26 Glorious Camelia Shrubs after building their home in 1974—which is over the road from Banksia Reserve or Oak Street Oval where our Probus Meets. George says the oval was a swamp The Pine Trees over the road were originally planted to stop the footballs after one smashed a car window on Griffith Street. Their original Beaumaris home was in Monaco Crescent before Pellatt Street