Birth of a local hero
As the Great War began in Europe in 1914, steel manufacturing capability was re-directed to assist the war effort. This impacted the Australian supply, which highlighted the need to manufacture locally.
With that in mind, John’s nephew, Herbert Royse Lysaght, purchased 24 acres of land in Newcastle, NSW, adjacent to a new BHP steelworks site.
By April 1921, John Lysaght (Australia) Pty Ltd was producing ORB corrugated steel out of the flourishing port city, and from that date, it was intrinsically Australian-made.
Before long, the quality steel product, with its fluted hills and troughs, made its way into the rural and urban landscape of Australia. Strong enough to withstand hail storms, heat waves, fires and floods, it was used on roofs, shearing sheds, water tanks and, yes, even the outdoor dunny. On a larger scale, the product was universally popular for commercial and industrial projects, further cementing its popularity and purpose.
By the mid-1960s, the silver sheets were accompanied by splashes of colour, with the introduction of COLORBOND® pre-painted steel, a revolutionary innovation at the time. Starting with six colours, this range grew to more than 20, and became another part of the ingenuity for which the company would become known.
Now 100 years on, the company is diverse in product range, and holds an outstanding reputation architecturally and commercially, with their ability to produce products that are structurally strong and design-led.