Japan Earthquake Disaster : Caterpillar Foundation Grant

March 25, 2011 by

The Caterpillar Foundation responded to the recent Japan disaster with a US$1 million grant to the American Red Cross. The north-east coast of Japan has been devastated by loss of life and destruction following the earthquake and tsunami on Friday, March 11.

In addition to the above grant, the Caterpillar Foundation will match up to US$500,000 in Caterpillar employee, retiree, and dealer employee contributions to the Red Cross. To qualify for the matching funds, contributions must be made by April 14, 2011 via credit or debit card at: 


Details to be entered when donating as above include employee ID number and the Company name.


New Zealand Earthquake : Caterpillar Foundation Response

March 4, 2011 by



The city of Christchurch in New Zealand was struck by a 6.3 magnitude earthquake on February 22, causing widespread devastation to the city. The quake caused significant loss of life and injury, as well as severely damaging buildings and infrastructure. The Red Cross is on the ground providing essential support and humanitarian assistance in and around Christchurch.

In response to this tragedy, the Caterpillar Foundation announced a $50,000 grant to the Red Cross. In addition to the $50,000 contribution, the Foundation will match up to $50,000 in Caterpillar employee, retiree and dealer employee contributions to the Red Cross. To qualify for matching funds, contributions must be made by April 1, 2011, via credit or debit card at




CofA Apprentice reunion.

June 25, 2010 by

CofA Apprentice Re-Union.

June 25, 2010 by

Past apprentices of Caterpillar held their inaugural reunion in Sept 2009 which drew 13 of a possible know 42+ apprentices together. This was a tremendous effort considering that the first apprentice intake was back in 1960. The second reunion held in May 26, 2010 had 9 attend but two new apprentices from the 1960 (first) intake attended this meeting.  It tremendous to have these reunions and to share common interests which stem back to 1960. We anticipate a better attendance as our we seek out more names and contact details. If anyone on the CARF e-mails knows of any past Cat apprentices it would be greatfully appreciated if you pass on my e-mail address sjkb6f2@hotmail.com

WHAT’S NEW – April 2, 2010

December 1, 2009 by

1). What’s New – Dec.1 – Dec. 28, 2009 moved to Archives\Posts Page. … 2). A lot’s been goin’ on in the approx 3 months since the last update including the retirement of Andrew Mason-Jefferies and the formation of Doug Long’s Aussie Rules Football website, www.longggey.com. I will leave it to Doug to post more details, otherwise for AFL fanatics or others even with just a remote interest, we suggest you check out Doug’s website.

CofA Tullamarine 2009

August 3, 2009 by
CofA Tullamarine 2009

CofA Tullamarine 2009

WELCOME to the CofA Retirees & Friends website!

June 24, 2009 by


Any suggestions or ideas are very welcome in developing this online facility for Caterpillar of Australia retirees and friends to keep in touch, organise activities, collect, preserve and display artefacts, photos, etc to share with others. Note that all ‘friends’, including present and past Caterpillar employees and their family members, from the global Cat Inc, Cat dealer, customer, and general communities are most welcome to register their interest and join in the activities of the Caterpillar of Australia Retirees & Friends group, and to post messages, comments, ideas, etc. to help achieve the group’s objectives.

    … rgds, peter ward