About Dawmac Industries


About Dawmac Industries

A little about how Mac and Dawn Lane created a legacy that continues on today. John, his wife Wendy, brother Paul, and Trent son of John and Wendy, and his wife Aleks

In May 1967 Malcolm & Dawn Lane moved their Automotive Electrical business from 770 Nicholson Street, North Fitzroy to 14 Chanter Street, Berrigan after a chance meeting with Charles Horvath in Melbourne.

Charles car had broken down in Melbourne and Mac was doing the repairs when the conversation turned to business opportunities in the country. Charles who worked as an accountant for Bill Kay in Berrigan said to Mac he should take a drive to Berrigan and see for himself what the town had to offer in both business and family lifestyle.

After moving his young family to Berrigan, Mac commenced trading as Dawmac Engineering & Welding Supplies. The name Dawmac born from the combination of Mac and Dawn’s Christian names and still today sits proudly as our trading name.

The original building was an old tin shed with a sagging front entrance formally known as Charlie McGinley Hardware, and was located on the same site as where the main shop is located to this day. In 1969 Mac & Dawn purchased the building from Charlie McGinley.

As the business began to expand and grow new properties were purchased starting in 1976 with the adjoining property in Chanter Street formally known as Goldsmithsmort & Co then in 1979 the former Accountants building in Chanter Street which was the original trading premises of Howard Martin & Co. Dawmac took over the former premises and yard of R & R Plumbing (Rob & Ruth Rennick) in Jerilderie Street and purchased a parcel of land from Wayne & Jeannie Milne who owned the Berrigan Hotel in 1995. In 2010 the acquisition of land formerly known as Burwood Enterprises in Jerilderie Street was acquired and 2013 saw the purchase of the Big Store now home to Berrigan Menshed along with Husqvarna Ride on Mower display and where Paul does his Pump Repairs.

John began working for his parents in 1974 after finishing 6th Form at Finley High School aged 17 and Paul commenced at Dawmac in 1977 making it a full family business. In July 1982 Mac left Dawmac and Berrigan on a new adventure. John & Wendy purchased JDS Industries in Finley in 1989. The next family member to join Dawmac was Trent in 2014 after 10 years in the hospitality industry working at the Berrigan Golf & Bowling Club, The Globe in Albury and China Beach Restaurant in Manly, Sydney.  Trent travelled the world and found his perfect partner in Aleks and she has now also joined the Dawmac Industries team.

In this ever changing world of business where nothing stays the same Dawmac endeavours to continually provide service and sales to our customers and the community.

About Dawmac in the Berrigan Community

Dawmac Berrigan Lions Christmas Breakfast

Dawmac host a Community Christmas Breakfast every year.  This event has been now running for 26 years – spanning four decades and two centuries!

The free community breakfast hosted with the Berrigan Lions Club is an annual event always on a Saturday morning prior to Christmas. Originally held at Dawmac’s 14 Chanter Street premises, it is now held at the Big Store with a special thank you to the Berrigan Men’s Shed for allowing this function in their shed!

Berrigan Christmas Night Markets and Carols

The Berrigan community sees out the year with a celebration on the first Friday of December with a night market.

All the shops along Chanter Street stay open for Christmas shopping. including the Red Cross Fashion Extravaganza.

There are also stalls along the footpath with lots of great gift ideas and delicious foods to enjoy.

The alcohol free zone is removed for the evening and the pubs are open for takeaway drinks and food.

For many years the Carols were held in the park on a separate weekend but both events have now been combined to ensure great enjoyment for all the community.

The winners of the Christmas Lights competition are also announced during the evening.

It is one of the great joys of living in such a small community that we can all get together like this every year.

Welcome to Berrigan BBQ

Berrigan & District Development Association hosts a welcome to Berrigan BBQ at the Berrigan Community Golf and Bowls Club.

All new residents to town are invited to come along to meet their neighbours and others in the community.