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Langlands Foundry

Melbourne's first foundry and iron shipbuilder (1842-97) was established by Robert Langlands and Thomas Fulton in Flinders Lane between King and Spencer streets. Later sites occupied were on the Yarra bank and in South Melbourne. Employing up to 350 people, Langlands manufactured a wide range of marine, mining, civil engineering, railway and general manufacturing components including engines and boilers. Major facilities included a Bessemer converter (1887) and a cast-iron pipe-making shop which produced water, sewerage and hydraulic pipes, and structural columns, including those for Princes Bridge.

Mike Williams

Weichardt, C.G.T., 'The first foundry', Victorian Historical Journal, vol. 54, no. 3, 1983, pp. 47-9. Details