Local engineers are on the hop
MOSMAN Park’s Como Engineering will move into the former Matilda Bay Brewery, left vacant apart from occasional use since 2007, in North Fremantle.
“It took a while to get rid of the pigeon poo; five days and seven bird carcasses later,” Como Engineering special equipment manager Sean Galvin said.
Mr Galvin said he found a 1920s-era worker’s shoe but no beer while helping clean the old warehouse recently.
The mining engineering firm will move its 40 administration and warehouse staff from nearby McCabe Street, Mosman Park to the Stirling Highway brewery in about three weeks.
The brewery was a disused Ford car factory before Matilda Bay moved in and installed Belgian copper brewing kettles in 1989, expanding from Fremantle’s Sail and Anchor pub, where the brewers started craft beer making in Australia in 1984.
Mr Galvin said the kettles would eventually be polished to their former glory as a mark of respect to previous uses of the brewery, which was shut by Fosters eight years ago, after the Melbourne-based giant bought Matilda Bay in 1990.
Como Engineering has a sixyear lease comprising two-year components on the brewery, where a scaffolding company and Pilbara Minerals also rent small sections.
The brewery was sold by Cottesloe property investor Alan McGillivray to Perth-based owners last year.
Como Engineering’s Sean Galvin has conducted a test polish of the brewery’s copper kettles.