Down The ‘Olive

downtheolive

Written and edited by Else Lackey and Monica Vardabasso

A memory of Colgate-Palmolive in Balmain, New South Wales.

The Balmain plant is where it all started for Colgate-Palmolive in Australia. In 1923 when the first soap boiling took place, Balmain was a suburb known for its industry, its shipyards and it coal mine.

This small book is not a definitive history of  Colgate-Palmolive or the Sydney suburb of Balmain. It is a book of memories of some of the people who worked at Colgate-Palmolive’s first Australian factory and it reflects an important part of Australian history gone forever.