The History of Endeavour Industries
In 1967, Frank Chattaway, the then Goulburn High School principal saw a need for employment services for persons with a disability. He called a public meeting which was well attended and from that day Endeavour Industries became a reality.
An intense fundraising programme was undertaken – Frank spoke to service organisations in the district and visited schools to spread the word about what was intended, its benefits to the community and the further steps to take to bring Endeavour Industries into action. Supported by local services clubs, the Community and Federal Government, Endeavour Industries was opened in 1968.
A community minded man, his sense of doing good was believed to be derived from his experience of war. He joined the Australian Navy and was assigned to HMAS Perth which sank in the Sundra Straits in 1942. Aften being taken prisoner by the Japanese, he was forced to work on the Thai/Burma Railway. After the line was completed in 1944, Frank was taken back to Japan and forced to work in the coal mines. He was working in Nagasaki the day American forces dropped an Atom bomb on the city.
Frank was awarded an O.A.M in 1982 for his services to people with disabilities and community organisation and until his death in 2013 at the age of 92, he was the inaugural patron of our organisation.
We now have 49 disabled employees and 19 staff members who work tirelessly at our two sites at Oxley St and Sinclair St in Goulburn. We offer our employees a range of transferrable skills that will stay with them for life. We work to benefit them and we are proud of the business that we successfully operate.
We aim to be one of the best employment and recruitment enterprises to benefit both our employees and our clients. We strive to give our employees a new lease on life, improve their self-esteem and with transferrable skills, enable them to secure employment in the future.
The difference is we provide every Endeavour employee with a support network of choice, honesty and integrity and every day we continually strive to be better, not only for our employees, but our customers.