FOSTER CLARK'S

1891 to1965

Historical Time Line

1864 to 1967


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  George Foster Clark Foster Clark's Other Information

1864

Born in Ramsgate    
1865      
1866      
1867      
1868      
1869      
1870      
1871      
1872 Moved to Maidstone    
1873      
1874      
1875      
1876      
1877 Worked as errand boy to Thomas Brown, bookseller and printer in Week Street    
1878 Grocer's apprentice to Messers Burtonshaw and Bacon at Plaxton St Maidstone    
1879      
1880      
1881 Concluding 4 year apprenticeship he became assistant to grocer Thomas Carpenter at 15 Week Street    
1882      
1883      
1884      
1885      
1886      
1887      
1888      
1889   First experiments in George's mothers kitchen of manufacturing baking, cake flour and lemonade powder. This was sold through Carpenters. Eiffel Tower erected for the great exhibition.
1890      
1891

Aged 27 he left Carpenter's and set out as a grocers' sundriesman. Starting capital £27.50

Married Henrieta Carpenter

Start of full time manufacturing in Mote Road, Maidstone. Known at this stage as Foster Clark & Co.

William and Henry his brothers dealt with production whilst George dealt with sales.

 
1892 First elected as a councillor.    
1893      
1894      
1895 Aged 31 Purchased part of the old Chambers' Jam factory in Hart Street, Maidstone.  
1896   Advert for Lemonade at 4.5d a bottle in Kent Messenger.  
1897      
1898   Trade dispute with Edward Sharp  
1899      
1900      
1901 Moved to Boughton Mount in Boughton Monchelsea.    
1902      
1903      
1904      
1905      
1906      
1907      
1908      
1909      
1910   Registered as a private company.  
1911      
1912      
1913      
1914     WW 1
1915     WW 1
1916 Mayor of Maidstone aged 52   WW 1
1917 Mayor of Maidstone / Commenced as Hop Controler for the Country.   WW 1
1918 Mayor of Maidstone

Photos available of factory interior in Hart Street.

Following transport problems Foster Clark (Australia) Ltd was formed.

WW 1
1919

19th July as Alderman he read the Peace Day Address.

   
1920      
1921      
1922 Stood for parliament but came second by 38 votes    
1923 Stood for parliament the last time and lost again.    
1924

Donated 14 acres of land in Barton Road for playing fields for Maidstone Grammar School for boys.

He also disposed of land for 1,000 council homes.

Foster Clark estate is given its name

   
1925

Ceased as Hop Controler for the Country.

Declined a knighthood from Prime Minister, Stanley Baldwin.

Purchased a Cot in West Kent General Hospital £1,000 with the gift received for his services as Hop Keeper.

Pension fund was established. With a fund for those too old for the scheme.  
1926 Still a councillor in this year he spoke up for the motor cars access to our towns. Foster Clark's was largly unaffected by the general strike.  
1927      
1928  

First quoted on Stock Exchange as a Public Company with capital of £500,000.

Employees of ten years service received shares.

 
1929

Opened the new pavilion to the sports ground in Barton Road.

Gave £30,000 to the West Kent Hospital for Nurses' Hostel.

Canning factory opens  
1930      
1931      
1932

Donated the site for the church vicarage and parish hall for the estate in Sutton Road.

Died aged 68 worth over £588,433

Henry Charles Clark takes over as Chairman.  
1933      
1934      
1935      
1936      
1937   All male employees insured under a group life insurance scheme.  
1938 Henrieta Clark donated a further two acres of land to the boys grammar school.    
1939     WW2
1940     WW2
1941     WW2
1942   Insurance scheme is extended to all female employees. WW2
1943     WW2
1944     WW2
1945     WW2
1946   50,000 sq foot extension to the factory. Canning production line installed.  
1947      
1948      
1949      
1950   The 1950's saw sales decline with the advent of fast and frozen foods.  
1951      
1952      
1953      
1954      
1955   Photos available Foster Clark (Australia) Ltd. Melbourne  
1956      
1957      
1958      
1959      
1960   Foster Clarks merged with St. Martin  
1961   9th Aug Warehouse on the corner of Hart Street and Barker Road was destroyed  
1962      
1963  

The receivers are called in to try and find a rescue package.

 
1964      
1965 33 years after his death, 101 years after his birth his 74 year old company finally lost out to the frozen food market.

Foster Clark's name was sold to Oxo after going into receivership.

Foster Clark (Australia) Ltd goes into receivership.

 
1966      
1967 In a different market place those original products have gone on to form the back bone of Maltas largest food manufacturing company.

Foster Clark was set up in Malta in 1967 as a joint venture with Unilever between Paul Busuttil and Brooke Bond of Unilever.

 
1983   After 16 years as part of the international firm Unilever Group, Foster Clark Products Ltd has become a wholly owned subsidiary of the Busuttil Group. Unilever had a 60 per cent stake in Foster Clark Products Ltd , which is based in San Gwann industrial estate.  
2005  

You can see where Foster Clark's is today at

www.fosterclark.com

 

 

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