|Type of organisation:||Business|
|Also known as:||East Bros & Co Ltd|
|Town or locality:||Mallala|
|Established by:||Matthew Henry East|
|Business or purpose:||Agricultural machinery manufacturing|
In 1886, M.H. East established the company known as East Bros & Co. Ltd, whose business was the engineering and manufacturing of farming implements and associated products.
On the death of M.H. East, the Company was taken over by his sons, R.R., R.C., F.O., H.B., O.L. and E.H. East.
The firm flourished for 84 years until a decline in the rural industry forced the closure of the firm in 1970. Mr David East was the Managing Director from 1956 until the closure.
The demise of this business was a great loss to the town of Mallala owing to the trade it generated and the people it employed.
The name of M.H. East was recommended by the Mallala District Council to the Federal Government for his services to rural industry and 'East Place' in the suburb of Kambah in Canberra now bears his name.
East Brothers used the site at 1, 3 and 5 Balaklava Road as their Workshops.
They also operated a garage and Ford dealership, and their mechanic was Mr Bob Plate.
- Notes by C. East - Mallala Museum Businesses