Digitised @ SLQ – Paul’s dairy factory photo collection

Nestled alongside the Brisbane River on Montague Rd, South Brisbane and in close proximity to the William Jolly Bridge is the Pauls Dairy factory which has been part of the landscape on Kurilpa Point for sixty-five years.

The arches of the William Jolly Bridge can be seen behind the rooftop of the Pauls dairy factory South Brisbane, Brisbane, Queensland, 2017.

The arches of the William Jolly Bridge can be seen behind the rooftop of the Pauls dairy factory South Brisbane, Brisbane, Queensland, 2017.

The history of the business is well documented, including the establishment of the powdered milk processing plant which was developed for people who could not access a fresh milk supply locally, or at times when fresh milk was in short supply.

It is not often we can take a peek inside a working factory but in 2017 State Library purchased a series of born-digital images by freelance documentary photographer Dean Saffron. The 31361 Dean Saffron Paul’s milk factory photographs are now accessible on the library’s catalogue, One Search.

The images showcase parts of the processing plant inside and out and offer the viewer a glimpse of the people going about their work at the time.

Francis Mensah removes a box of custard cartons from the assembly line, South Brisbane, Brisbane, Queensland, 2017 Image 31361-0001-0003

Francis Mensah removes a box of custard cartons from the assembly line, South Brisbane, Brisbane, Queensland, 2017 Image 31361-0001-0003.

Company worker Imran Hossain tests product in the laboratory, South Brisbane, Brisbane, Queensland 2017.

Company worker Imran Hossain tests product in the laboratory, South Brisbane, Brisbane, Queensland 2017.

Crates of milk bottled and ready for distribution in cold storage at Paul’s dairy factory, South Brisbane, Brisbane Queensland, 2017.

Crates of milk bottled and ready for distribution in cold storage at Paul’s dairy factory, South Brisbane, Brisbane Queensland, 2017

The company has had various names, including Queensland United Foods Ltd, Pauls Ice Cream & Milk Ltd and Pauls Limited. In 1998, Pauls Limited was purchased by the Italian company Parmalat, and officially changed its name to Parmalat Australia Ltd in 2003.

View of a train crossing the Merivale Bridge from the roof of the Pauls dairy factory, South Brisbane, Brisbane, Queensland, 2017

View of a train crossing the Merivale Bridge from the roof of the Pauls dairy factory, South Brisbane, Brisbane, Queensland, 2017

Queensland United Foods (QUF) was established in 1960. Did you know QUF was inducted into the Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame in 2013, in recognition of its success as a listed Queensland public company and its outstanding contribution to the national dairy industry through innovations in production technology, products and marketing? Watch the digital story which reveals a glimpse of the business, its development and connection to Queensland’s agriculture sector.

State Library encourages you to view the 40 digital photographs available. They are part of State Library’s Picture Queensland collection and are in copyright. You are free to use them for personal research and study. For any other use contact copyright@slq.qld.gov.au

For attribution State Library prefers:
31361, Dean Saffron Paul’s Milk Factory photographs, John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland.

Anne Scheu – Engagement Officer, State Library of Queensland

Links:

Source: Wikipedia contributors. (2018, 6 August) Pauls (dairy); In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, September 17, 2018

Source: Wikipedia contributors. (2018, 16 September)  Parmalat: In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, last ed. September 16, 2018