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On 2 September 1929, British-based Lever Brothers and the Dutch union of fats and oils businesses, Margarine Unie, signed an agreement to create Unilever.

Unilever developed in Australia from an association, in 1924, between major soap making companies Lever Brothers Ltd of Sydney, J Kitchen & Sons Pty Ltd of Melbourne and WH Burford & Sons Ltd of Adelaide.

Gradually these companies moved into the edible oils and fats market, then into the foods, ice cream and personal products sections of business as well as chemicals, printing and distribution.

This Lever-Kitchen-Burford association continued as a relatively static enterprise for more than thirty years. Little attempt was made by Unilever to rationalise the separate marketing identities; internal competition persisted. Then, in 1956, all Unilever’s Australian businesses were merged under the one banner – Unilever (Australia) Pty Ltd (UAPL). The UAPL Board’s responsibility included the general supervision of the operating companies – Lever & Kitchen, Rosella Foods, Edible Oil Industries, Streets Ice Cream, Rexona, Lintas, SPD Transport, Beacon Research, Unilever Australia Export and, briefly, Hillcastle (NZ), formerly Eugene NZ Ltd. Unilever House was opened, in 1958, at 1-33 Macquarie Street, Sydney, to accommodate a new centralised management structure.

In 1961 Unilever’s Australian interests were grouped under a holding company, Unilever Australia (Holdings) Pty Ltd, which operated through its main subsidiary, Unilever Australia Ltd. From 1 January 1970 the UAPL Board was replaced by National Management comprising Unilever Australia (Holdings) Pty Ltd directors.

By 1983 Unilever in Australia was represented by a group of companies producing and marketing a wide variety of consumer goods, industrial products and related services - John West Foods Pty Ltd, Unilever Australia Export Pty Ltd, Unifood Services Pty Ltd, Unichema Australia Pty Ltd, Streets Ice Cream Pty Ltd, Rosella Lipton Pty Ltd, Rexona Pty Ltd, Lever & Kitchen Pty Ltd, Edible Oil Industries (EOI) Pty Ltd. Most of the operating companies had their own Boards of Directors, all reporting to the Chairman of Unilever Australia Ltd.

Collection's Items (Sorted by Submit Date in Descending order): 1 to 19 of 19
N163-15-863 Sunlight Soap Truck c1936.tif.jpg

Lever Brothers Limited Sunlight Soap Truck

Author(s)-
TypeImage
Date Published-
Date Createdc. 1936
N163-15-864 Sunlight Soap Truck c1936.tif.jpg

Lever Brothers Limited Sunlight Soap Truck

Author(s)-
TypeImage
Date Published-
Date Createdc. 1936
N163 15-854.tif.jpg

Lever & Kitchen Tennis Championship - Open Men's Doubles Championship semi-final

Author(s)-
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Date Published-
Date Created1947
N163 15-852.tif.jpg

Sunlight Football Team

Author(s)-
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Date Published-
Date Created1914
N163 15-799.tif.jpg

Toilet Room girls dressed for a charity bazaar at Sunlight Hall, Balmain

Author(s)Dudley Studios, Balmain
TypeImage
Date Published-
Date Createdc. 1914
N163 15-763.tif.jpg

Family Factory Inspection - children on the roundabout in Sunlight Park, Balmain

Author(s)-
TypeImage
Date Published-
Date Created1958
N163 15-717.tif.jpg

Jubilee Ball

Author(s)Gibson, Terry
TypeImage
Date Published-
Date Created1949
N163 15-662.tif.jpg

Lever Bros Pty Ltd General Office, Sydney

Author(s)-
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Date Published-
Date Createdc. 1911
N163 15-661.tif.jpg

Office at Balmain

Author(s)-
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Date Published-
Date Createdc. 1911
N163 15-658.tif.jpg

Lux Flakes girls

Author(s)-
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Date Published-
Date Created1929
N163 15-655.tif.jpg

Toilet Room girls

Author(s)Riley, Sidney
TypeImage
Date Published-
Date Created25 Jun 1924
N163-15-2.tif.jpg

Borax soap packaging in W H Burford & Sons' soap making factory at Dry Creek

Author(s)Photographer: D. Darian Smith; Photographer: Glen Osmond
TypeImage
Date Published-
Date Created1923
N163METADATA_1.tif.jpg

Lux Flakes and Toilet [soap] Manufacturing Room, Lever Brothers' works, Balmain

Author(s)Photographer: not known
TypeImage
Date Published-
Date CreatedFeb-1935
N163METADATA_2.tif.jpg

Unloading copra at Lever Brothers' works, Balmain

Author(s)Photographer: S. J. Hood
TypeImage
Date Published-
Date Createdcirca 1952
N163METADATA_3.tif.jpg

Copra handling - new system - Lever Brothers' works, Balmain

Author(s)Photographer: S. J. Hood
TypeImage
Date Published-
Date CreatedJan-1957
N163METADATA_5.tif.jpg

Stamping machines in W H Burford & Sons' soap making factory at Dry Creek

Author(s)Photographer: D. Darian Smith
TypeImage
Date Published-
Date Created1923
N163METADATA_4.tif.jpg

Copra handling, Lever Brothers' works, Balmain

Author(s)Photographer: S. J. Hood
TypeImage
Date Published-
Date Created1939

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