Geoffrey Alfred Fry
Geoff Fry lives in Adelaide, South Australia. He is a retired businessman who served on company boards in Australia, New Zealand, and The United States. He was chairman of three of those companies. He has also been chairman of three business-related community associations.
Prior to his business career, Geoff was a signals officer in the Australian Army. In 1955, he was awarded the Queen’s Medal for graduating first in the four-year course at the Royal Military College, Duntroon, which is in Canberra. He also has a degree in Electronic Technology from the University of Adelaide, and an Arts degree, majored in Economics and Political Science, from the Australian National University, Canberra.
He developed the concept for this novel from conversations during his weekly games of golf at Adelaide’s Kooyonga Golf Club with his playing partner—a friend who is a retired fourth-generation member of a family which owned a significant Australian business conglomerate, and who is prominent in family-business associations.
The novel deals with real-life and real-business situations, but all the families, individuals, and businesses described in it are fictional.
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Keeping It In The Family
by Geoffrey Alfred Fry
The 1930s—the Great Depression—Australia: Thomas Berg, the son of German immigrants, working as an odd-job man and struggling to support his family, starts a business with a second-hand truck and his own labour. Tough, single-minded and tyrannical, he drives its growth into a manufacturing conglomerate—Berg Industries—that cynics see as a capitalist heaven on earth.
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