BERRIGAN & FINLEY
50 years ago in May 1967 Malcolm & Dawn Lane moved their Automotive Electrical business from 770 Nicholson Street, North Fitzroy to 14 Chanter Street, Berrigan after a chance meeting with Charles Hobath in Melbourne. Charles car had broken down in Melbourne and Mac was doing the repairs when the conversation turned to business opportunities in the country. Charles who worked as an accountant for Bill Kay in Berrigan said to Mac he should take a drive to Berrigan and see for himself what the town had to offer in both business and family lifestyle.
After moving his young family to Berrigan, Mac commenced trading as Dawmac Engineering & Welding Supplies on the same site as Dawmac sits today. The building was originally an old tin shed with a sagging front entrance formally known as Charlie McGinley Hardware. In 1969 Mac & Dawn purchased the building from Charlie McGinley
As the business began to expand and grow new properties were purchased starting in 1976 with the adjoining property in Chanter Street formally known as Goldsmithsmort & Co then in 1979 the former Accountants building in Chanter Street which was the original trading premises of Howard Martin & Co. Dawmac took over the former premises and yard of R & R Plumbing (Rob & Ruth Rennick) in Jerilderie Street and purchased a parcel of land from Wayne & Jeannie Milne who owned the Berrigan Hotel in 1995. In 2010 the acquisition of land formerly known as Burwood Enterprises in Jerilderie Street was acquired and 2013 saw the purchase of the Big Store now home to Berrigan Menshed along with Husqvarna Ride on Mower display and where Paul does his Pump Repairs.
John began working for his parents in 1974 after finishing 6th Form at Finley High School aged 17 and Paul commenced at Dawmac in 1977 making it a full family business. In July 1982 Mac left Dawmac and Berrigan on a new adventure. John & Wendy purchased JDS Industries in Finley in 1989. The next family member to join Dawmac was Trent in 2014 after 10 years in the hospitality industry working at the Berrigan Golf & Bowling Club, The Globe in Albury and China Beach Restaurant in Manly, Sydney.
In this ever changing world of business where nothing stays the same Dawmac endeavours to continually provide service and sales to our customers and the community.
The name of Dawmac was born from the combination of Mac and Dawn’s Christian names and still today sits proudly as our trading name.
1967 – Malcolm Lane and his wife Dawn moved their automotive electrical business from 770 Nicholson Street, North Fitzroy to 14 Chanter Street, Berrigan.
1967 – In May/June Mac and Dawn commenced trading with the business name of ‘Dawmac Engineering and Welding Supplies’ operating out of the building known as ‘Charlie McGinley Hardware’.
1969 – The current main shop site in Berrigan was purchased
from Charlie McGinley. It was an old tin shed with a sagging front that had been added in the early 60’s, one very large gum tree and two peppercorn trees in the back yard.
1974 – John Lane joined his parents working in the business.
1976 – The acquisition of the adjoining property in Chanter Street that operated as “Goldsmithsmort & Co”.
1977 – The partnership of MJ & DL Lane ceased trading and the formation of the creation of Dawmac Industries Pty Ltd.
1977 – Paul Lane commenced working at Dawmac.
1979 – The acquisition of the former Accountants building in Chanter Street from Howard Martin. This site was the original trading premises of Howard Martin & Co.
1980 – The demolition of an old fibro building attached to the building front at 20 Chanter Street and the rebuilding with concrete bricks in its place. This building then allowed for the first major infrastructure development.
1981 – The building of a new covered workshop which today houses store area, toilets, workshop etc. This development was completed in 1982.
1982 – Mac leaves both the business and Berrigan. Dawn, John and Paul continued operating Dawmac.
1989 – John and Wendy Lane purchased JDS Industries in Finley.
1995 – Dawmac took over the former premises and yard of “R & R Plumbing” (Rob & Ruth Rennick) in Jerilderie Street.
1995 – Dawmac purchased a parcel of land from Wayne and Jeannie Milne who owned the Berrigan Hotel. This land is where our Poly Tanks are currently stored.
1995– The opening of the “New” two storey Dawmac building at 14 Chanter Street, Berrigan after complete demolition of the original premises.
1998 – A side awning and roof added to the workshop area with concrete replacing the dirt and stone.
2010 – Has seen the acquisition of land formerly known as “Burwood Enterprises” which will provide us with both a Davis Street and Jerilderie Street presence.
2011 – March saw the passing of Co -founding owner Mrs Dawn Lane.
2012 – In January the skillion onto the existing workshop was completed providing a larger shelter area for our Team.
2013 – Dawmac purchased the “Big Store” which is now the home of the Berrigan Mens Shed plus another display area for our extensive stock.
2014 – The Big Store Façade was restored using existing Marble and some were sourced from overseas.. The Burwood Block was levelled and fenced as another display area. Our Davey Pump Department was relocated to the Big Store and the Auto Electrician workshop doubled in size.
2017 – Dawmac celebrated 50 years, with a successful Trade Show, which saw 14 major suppliers on display
In an ever changing market the team at Dawmac endeavour to continually provide excellent service and products to our customers.
We would like to thank our customers for their patronage and continued loyalty and we wish everyone good fortune, friendship and health.
Monday – Friday … 7:30am – 6:00pm
Saturday … 8:00am – 12:30pm
Sunday & Public Holidays … CLOSED