Hugo imported Wertheim pianos from Germany until he opened the Wertheim factory at Bendigo Street, Richmond in 1908, then foundation stone for which was laid by the late Prime Minister Alfred Deakin.
This state-of-the-art factory produced high quality Wertheim pianos and many of these pianos take pride of place in many Australian homes and venues. Wertheim was the piano choice for many great performing musicians including Dame Nellie Melba. The Melbourne Tivoli theatre also housed a Wertheim concert grand piano.
With the introduction of radio and the effects of the great depression, the Australian Wertheim factory was closed and production was moved to an Asian factory that was also producing pianos for Yamaha. Read more