The Pivot City is the original name of the township now called Geelong.
The original name of Pivot City came from the a special turn table that was constructed to turn a 300,000 pound steam train around ( because steam trains back in 1800’s didn’t go backwards ) so they could return back to Melbourne full of equipment that arrived from the Tall Ships that sailed in Corio Bay.
This turn table was called a PIVOT TURN TABLE, and with 4 Clydesdale horses tethered to turn the pivot table to turn the trains around, it was a site to be seen
The PIVOT name become iconic to our town, and even today locals called this Geelong, Pivot : even the Geelong Football Club membership is called the Pivotonians
From 1820 to 1880, Pivot City was a booming satellite town with the tall sailing ships from England arrived, sometimes daily, coming into Corio Bay (because of our natural deep bay) to be unloaded at Cunningham Pier.
Cunninham Pier was vital to Pivot City’s existence, the booming wool trade, and the gold form Ballarat and Bendigo was all loaded back on the tall ships to head back to England and the UK making Pivot City a vital corridor for all trade in the 1800’s.
It wasn’t until mid 1800’s the town was officially named to Geelong : from the local aboriginal name “Jillong”: meaning land of “hills and plains”. But the locals kept calling the new town of Geelong, Pivot City .
Pivot City ( or Geelong ) is a beautiful town with city to surf only minuets drive apart.
We have access to the bay, and to the ocean, country landscape to forests, and to the Great Ocean Road, and because of our easy life, a lot of people made Geelong home : and a lot of famous people who started other iconic businesses like
- Pivot Fertilizer
- Faggs Mitre 10
- Home of James Harrison (inventor of the common day refrigerator)
- Home of David Warren (inventor of the Black Box)
- and Pivot Stove
As for Pivot Stove, we originated back in 1876 when our founder James Alexander Parker, moved from Glenferry Road, Malvern, to set up shop at Moorabool Street address, where he proceeded to manufacture the 1st Australian made slow combustion wood stove, The Pivot Stove.
Naming the business after his new home town : Pivot Stove was born, and in our Moorabool Street showroom ( still at the same location ) you can still see one of the 1st ever Pivot Stoves we made.