Sir Edward Holden

Friday 14th August 1885

Born on this day, Sir Edward Holden, Australian vehicle manufacturer, the ‘father of the Australian car industry’. In 1917 the Australian Government introduced policies to restrict importation of fully manufactured motor cars to encourage the country’s nascent automotive body building industry. Holden developed a relationship with America’s General Motors and in 1919 he founded Holden’s Motor Body Builders. Edward Holden introduced to the business new standards of scientific management, cost accounting and production control. In close association with General Motors Export Co., Holdens established a dominant market position throughout mainland Australia. By 1929 the company employed 3,400 workers and was the biggest automotive bodybuilder in the British Empire.

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