Motor vehicle and farm machinery customers of Pigdons Holden Yarrawonga and family friends joined in an official ceremony on Saturday, April 14 to mark the family’s outstanding achievement of 100 years in business.
“Congratulations on 100 years and being part of this community,” another well known local identity from a well-known long time local family, Brian Keenan, told the Pigdon family in front of an estimated 130 people witnessing the massive, milestone achievement at 11.00am.
“I hope you go on serving the community well into the future. It’s a great anniversary. The Pigdons have been great innovators, initially in Wilby then Yarrawonga.”
That toughness mentioned by Mr Keenan was emphasised by the current owner’s (Andrew Pigdon) father, Bruce Pigdon OAM.
“My grandfather (John Pigdon) was a teenager when his father died in a farm accident in 1889. He then found himself caring for his mother, learning the blacksmith trade, then working at the Wilby Butter Factory, purchasing and operating a Traction Engine, then finally opening the business in 1918, the business that we are commemorating today in its Centenary Year,” he said.
Current Dealer Principal of Pigdons Holden, Andrew Pigdon, told the big gathering: “I’m proud to be a Pigdon. I’m proud of our heritage. Sometime it gets to a point you look forward,” the 42-year-old said.
“I respect our history and need to look forward to what we can do the next 100 years - hopefully we can stay in the business.
“Let’s hope so. We should try and keep everything local to keep Yarrawonga and Corowa moving in the directions we want the towns to be.”