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Changing Gears: Borg-Warner to DSI Saturday 6 November 2021 – Sunday 13 February 2022

Borg-Warner, BTR Automotive, ION Ltd, DSI and Geely Automotive Holdings. Changes at Lavington’s transmission plant were felt throughout the Albury Wodonga community.
Production line at Borg-Warner Open, 1978. ARM 15.1007.037.

Officially opened on 8 October 1971, the plant provided work for generations of local families and unprecedented opportunities for women and apprentices. It supported local sports teams and community fundraising efforts. Employees recall an active social club, good conditions and great friendships.

The rise and fall of the factory mirror Australia’s automotive industry. After forty-four years, thousands of employees, millions of transmissions, five owners and two administrations, the factory shut its doors in 2014.

This exhibition explores the history of the plant, its achievements and contributions, and the stories of its people.

Borg-Warner staff, c.1980s. AlburyCity collection ARM 15.1003.36.
One million transmission manufactured at Borg-Warner Albury, 1981. AlburyCity Collection ARM 15.1027.
London Black Cab at Borg-Warner trade stall, c. 1971-87. AlburyCity Collection ARM 15.475.01.
Children with Ping Suspended Pong display at Borg-Warner, c.1980s. AlburyCity Collection ARM 15.1003.47.
Clutch cylinder, planet cover and convertor support tube flow-lines at Borg-Warner, 1985. AlburyCity Collection ARM 15.1003.31.
Bill Cross and Geoff Doody using a simulated oil fire to practice the correct use of Fire Extinguishers, 1985. AlburyCity Collection ARM 15.1003.35.
Wayne Voss, Michael Hirst and Simon Appleby at Borg-Warner, 1985. AlburyCity Collection 15.1003.19.
Photograph of launch of the Model 74 Automatic Transmission, 1997. AlburyCity Collection 15.486.01.
DSI - Photograph of staff with large document on table - ARM 15.1003.17.
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