Maxam Cheese Factory

Stage Number: MBSH.03.01.96

Group: Southern

Local Study Area: West End-South Brisbane-North Woolloongabba

Epoch: Early 20th Century

Street Address: 261 Stanley Street, South Brisbane

Latitude & Longitude: -27.48169444,153.02508333

Time Link: 1928

Map Link: 1929

Image Time Point: 1929

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The Maxam Cheese Factory was established in 1928 by Oliver McAnulty. Canned meat was added to the operation in the early 1940s. At the height of its production the business employed 400 people. The business is noted in Australian law when Kraft sued Maxam, claiming the sole patent for the manufacture of cheddar cheese and the High Court finding in 1930 for Maxam, judging Kraft’s patent to be invalid. The business was purchased in 1947 by Swift (Australia), a meat processing company.


Kowald, Margaret. with Val Donovan, Ruth Kerr, Kay Cohen, Lyndsay Smith, and Jean Stewart. Lost Brisbane and Surrounding Areas: The Later Years. Volume 2. RHSQ. 2016 page 80

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QSA. QSA Series 1690 Civic Survey of the City of Brisbane – AIAG2 Series. 4 chains to the inch. City of Brisbane, civic survey maps. Sheet 24, 4 chains to an inch. annotated with details of sales. 618944