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« on: April 10, 2008, 10:12:01 AM »

Another Melbourne legend who needs thorough research.
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« Reply #1 on: July 12, 2008, 02:36:40 PM »

Hi there,

Tom Savage's daughter Gillian here.  My father Tom commenced the fibreglass power boating industry in Australia and produced a number of models from the fifties until the early eighties.  I'm collating a brief history of his role in the industry and would be happy to provide more information from time to time. 

I enjoy this website!

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« Reply #2 on: July 12, 2008, 10:05:31 PM »

Hello Gillian and welcome to the Board.
I had the pleasure of a brief discusion with your father a year or two back. It certainly is a pleasure to have you join us and I must say the first lady on the topic. As you are aware there is a growing interest in the Original Javelin and until recently was our strongest topic. The rest of the Savage line is also of interest to us. Please keep an eye on us and we look forward to more Savage History. We love pictures so if at any time please feel free to post some.

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« Reply #3 on: March 02, 2010, 04:52:23 PM »

Hi Gillian,

My name is John Levey. I have only just found this forum and have been keen to find any information about my father's cousin Brian Haydon. I know that Brian knew Tom and held him in high regard.

If I find any info, I'm be in touch.
Cheers,

John
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« Reply #4 on: March 03, 2010, 12:20:49 AM »

Hello Gillian, and another welcome to the board.

This is to support a keen interest in your father's history and involvement with the boatbuilding industry.

Any information (or pics) would be met with enthusiasm.

Ken
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« Reply #5 on: March 03, 2010, 10:59:20 AM »

Hey boys, Gillian post on The Board was almost 2 years ago. Shocked

Both Chairman and myself have tried to make contact with her in other ways since her post. However, her apparent silence lead us to believe she has told us all she wishes to Huh

Chairman and I will have another phone conversation about this subject and decide our next move.
Stay tuned.

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« Reply #6 on: August 01, 2010, 01:28:42 PM »

Hi there again,

Gillian Savage here and I can't believe 2 years just whizzed by...got distracted from my Tom Savage history task, but I'm back onto it now and I will be more attentive to The Board.

Re the Brian Hayden/Javelin mystery - I've found evidence that he did some deck design work, but my father was surprised when I reminded him that he had told David that BH had designed the Javelin...(so was the rest of the family!), so I'm afraid I can't verify anything there.

I'm collating press clippings, brochures and old photos, so I'll attempt to at least get some Javelin images posted.  I have some small, somewhat deteriorated photos of a boat show (no date).  Very snazzy black and white with red and white upholstery - chosen by my mother!


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« Reply #7 on: August 01, 2010, 06:49:54 PM »

Hi Gillian and welcome back. We'll keep you hot on the trail (if you don't mind) Fantastic pictures you have and I'm sure we are all waiting with baited breath re the publication. Speaking for the Board members, I'm sure we would be happy to answer any of your questions, even by personal message, if you wish to withhold the info you gleen for the publication you are working on. As you can see, we have identified over 60 Javelins spread around Australia.
Our members collectively will date thes pics you have posted.
Re the Brian Hayden connection with the Javelin, I asked your Dad a few years back and he said that Brian could have, but he could not recall. He insinuated that Brian's avant guarde designs could easily have been employed. So your dad's off the hook.

Looking forward to more teasers

David (Chairman)
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« Reply #8 on: August 02, 2010, 07:58:15 PM »

Hello Gillian, how far back will your research go?
I have a 30ft timber displacment hull built about 1913 and is plated JJ savage and sons.
I know a fair bit of its history but would love to know the design or any other relevant info.
It is called the "Wallagraugh" and is now listed with the ANMM
P.S I have previosly owned an Electra, an Envoy and an Escort.
All good boats...
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« Reply #9 on: August 03, 2010, 08:36:22 PM »

Thanks very much David for the kind offers.
I have no concerns about withholding information and the so-called 'history' is a fairly brief overview I'm afraid.
Likewise I'm happy to take questions that I may be able to answer from the material I have.


Hi bullshot

I'm afraid I can't be much help with that one other than to say that JJ Savage & Sons was formed in around 1946 - perhaps they fitted it out after this time?  It may have been built by my grandfather, John Joseph, who would have been on the Yarra not far from Church St/Chapel St and in partnership with a man named Lyons until they were flooded out in 1924.

Glad to hear you are a repeat offender!

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« Reply #10 on: August 04, 2010, 09:57:15 AM »

Hi Gillian,

Wonderful.  Thank you for your most interesting posts.

Ken
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« Reply #11 on: August 04, 2010, 07:43:59 PM »

Hi Gillian,

Thanks so much for taking the time to post your brochures and photos.  I really enjoyed looking at them.  Your mum did a top job with the red seats for the black javelin at the boat show, i think you summed it up with very snazzy!  i had never seen a black javelin before, perhaps yourself or another member can tell me if they were very common?
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« Reply #12 on: August 04, 2010, 07:46:54 PM »

opps, i got a bit excited and pressed post before i was done....

I would love to see any other photos or brochures you have, and any tid bits of history, some facts might seem trivial to you, but trust me we are all keen to hear!!

Thanks again,

Emma
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« Reply #13 on: August 05, 2010, 08:07:23 AM »

Here here, Emma.
Well said indeed! Smiley

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« Reply #14 on: August 06, 2010, 01:20:05 AM »

I have two original complete Savage brochures of the full range for 1971 and 1972 years from memory, now to find them.
When i locate them in this mess can someone in the Warringah NSW area can scan them onto the site for all to view?

Also have somewhere an original 1960s Keikhafer Mercury brochure in full A4 booklet format, just got to locate them all asap.

also many other old marine related brochures from the 1960s

I visited the Savage factory in 1967 when our 20ft Savage Marlin was being constructed, white hull with royal blue deck
also we later puchased a later model OMC sterdrive 21ft Savage light blue stripe in 1971... a great boat for its time.

Graham
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