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The Godfrey family of Melways guides, 2009

Francis Reiss and June Orford and Tim Ainsworth (printer)

inkjet print on paper (sheet: 42.0 cm x 59.3 cm, image: 40.0 cm x 55.2 cm)

Mervyn Godfrey OAM (b. 1924), Dean Godfrey (b. 1970), David Godfrey (b. 1951) and Murray Godfrey (b. 1958) are respectively the founder, managing director and directors of the mapping company Ausway. Merv Godfrey trained as a draughtsman with the Victorian Lands Department and served as a radio operator in the RAAF in World War 2. After the war he worked for the State Electricity Commission of Victoria and became a founding member of the Institute of Cartographers. Having worked on the Olympic Games map of Melbourne in 1956, he proposed to a publisher friend that they produce a better Melbourne street directory than those currently available. Godfrey resigned from the SECV in 1961 to embark on the project. Working from his home in Glen Waverley, he drew pen and ink maps of Melbourne's streets that his partner, Iven Mackay, would then drive around to check. For the first edition the typesetting was carried out by Godfrey's wife Barbara on a hand letterpress machine in their garage; a specially-made camera reduced the scale of the maps he drew. In May 1966, after five years' toil, the first Melway was produced. Over the ensuing years the Melway enterprise expanded to premises in Malvern, Glen Iris and Mount Waverley and the 'cottage industry' aspects of its production became more sophisticated. The Godfrey family assumed full ownership of the business in 1989. Thirty-six more editions over the years to 2009 saw many new structures, urban features and services added to the maps. In 1994 a Sydway was produced; 2005 saw the introduction of the Brisway. From 2003 the maps were GPS compatible and in 2008 the eway electronic Melway Street Directory was introduced. Now Ausway Managing Director Dean Godfrey oversees a team of ten drivers who spend eleven months of the year updating all of the company's street maps. David and Murray are Ausway directors.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2009

Accession number: 2009.81

Currently not on display

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Artist and subject

Francis Reiss and June Orford (age 82 in 2009)

Tim Ainsworth

Dean Godfrey (age 39 in 2009)

David Godfrey (age 58 in 2009)

Mervyn Godfrey OAM (age 85 in 2009)

Murray Godfrey (age 51 in 2009)

Subject professions

Business, trades and industry

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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.