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Wunderlich, Ernest Julius (1859 - 1945)

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Born: 16 May 1859  Islington, England.  Died: 11 April 1945  Bondi Junction, New South Wales, Australia.
Ernest Julius Wunderlich was chairman and a director of Wunderlich Ltd from its formation in 1908 until his death in 1945. The firm, which had branches in all States and in Wellington, New Zealand, specialised in terracotta products, at first all imported but from 1910 also produced at the Wunderlich works at Brunswick, Melbourne.

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Alternative Names: Wunderlich, Henry Charles
Ernest Julius Wunderlich arrived in Australia as a manufacturers' agent for imported German stamped metal ceilings. He soon developed a better type of ceiling which he patented in 1988. The following year he sold the patent to manufacturer W.H. Rocke & Co. and joined the company. Wunderlich soon became the manger of the Melbourne factory and regained the patents. Next he established Wunderlich Patent Ceiling & Roofing Co. Ltd, which eventually merged with W.H. Rocke & Co. in 1908 to become Wunderlich Ltd. Ernest Wunderlich’s other interests and achievements include being a Trustee and President (1926) of the Australian Museum; founder of the Museum’s magazine (1921); and built an observatory at his holiday home at Gunnamatta Bay, Port Hacking. In 1924 he placed the observatory in trust for the New South Wales branch of the British Astronomical Association, of which he was president.

1885Migrated to Australia (Sydney)
1888Patented a ceiling type
1889Sold patents to W.H. Rocke & Co.
1892Manager of W.H. Rocke & Co. in Melbourne and redeemed the patents
c. 1893Established Wunderlich Patent Ceiling & Roofing Co. Ltd
1908Wunderlich Ltd established through the merger of W.H. Rocke & Co. and Wunderlich Patent Ceiling & Roofing Co. Ltd

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