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Australia: Wesfarmers released landmark publication about its extraordinary story

Perth, Australia, 2014-2-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — The extraordinary story of how a humble Western Australian farmers’ co-operative became one of the nation’s top ten companies is revealed in a landmark publication to be launched today, Tuesday, 18 February.

Based on interviews with scores of past and present staff and the families of the company’s founding fathers, Wesfarmers 100: The People’s Story 1914-2014 highlights the bold leadership and the many colourful and sometimes controversial events which have shaped Wesfarmers on the journey to its first centenary.

From a paid-up capital of £2,052 in 1914, Wesfarmers has grown into a $50 billion conglomerate embracing Coles, Bunnings, Target, Kmart, Officeworks, Curragh coal mine and other businesses and services which collectively touch the lives of millions of Australians every day.

The 320-page, richly illustrated publication has been written by award-winning author and former newspaperman, Peter Thompson.

Peter was a journalist on the Courier Mail and the Sun News-Pictorial before becoming a Fleet Street journalist for 20 years. Since his first book, Maxwell: A Portrait of Power, he has written many books on Australian subjects including, with Robert Macklin, The Big Fella: The Rise and Rise of BHP Billiton, which won the Blake Dawson Prize for Business Literature.

Wesfarmers Managing Director Richard Goyder said the publication of the book in Wesfarmers centenary year was an important and fitting tribute to the company’s founders, leaders, dedicated workforce and loyal shareholders.

“Right from the beginning, our story has been one of innovation, growth and not being afraid to disrupt the status quo,” Mr Goyder said.

Wesfarmers 100: The People’s Story 1914-2014 has been published by UWA Publishing and will retail for $49.99.

For further information, author interviews, or media copies contact:
Cathy Bolt
Media & External Affairs Manager
(08) 9327 4423 or 0417 813 804

Wesfarmers Limited ABN 28 008 984 049
11th Floor, 40 The Esplanade, Perth, Western Australia 6000. GPO Box M978, Perth WA 6843.

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