History of Pressed Metal

We are passionate at preserving unique heritage features at Australian Pressed Metal. In 2010 we were fortunate enough to purchase the original pressed metal dies from TW Inghams & Sons in South Australia, the last remaining original pressed metal manufacturer left in Australia, saving them from the same fate as the Wunderlich dies, 4000 of which were destroyed back in the 1970’s when the company was bought out and heritage features were not as highly prized as they are today.

History of Wunderlich

Ernest Wunderlich arrived in Australia in 1885 as a business agent for European Manufacturers. Within a few years he realised a demand for stamped zinc ornamental roofing and windows from builders and architects which he imported at that time. In 1887 Alfred Wunderlich joined his brother and manufacturing began,this was the beginning of Wunderlich. In 1888 the Sydney Town Hall became the first ornamental metal ceiling of many, produced by Wunderlich. The manufacture of stamped metal began. Skilled tradesmen were imported from Europe as demand grew. Quality work and reliable execution made Wunderlich ceilings popular in architects specifications. In 1900 a third brother, Otto Wunderlich joined the company as a director. In 1893 zinc was replaced by steel as it was more economical, and every year thousands of tons were stamped into ceiling material for use Australia wide. In 1908 Wunderlich opened in Wellington NZ and Perth, 1909 Brisbane, 1910 Adelaide with Hobart and Launceston following. The Wunderlich parent company was located in Baptist St Redfern Sydney.

“Indifferent work is never Wunderlich’s”  a slogan used for Wunderlich products.

History of TW Inghams & SonsTWInghamSons Seal

Many are familiar with the Wunderlich name in conjunction with pressed metal products in Australia, however a lesser known but prominent name in South Australia is TW Inghams & Sons. An Adelaide based South Australian company, TW Inghams & Sons was formed in 1892 by Thomas Warren Ingham a fibrous plasterer based in Victoria Place, Adelaide. Following the recognition of the need, TW Ingham and Sons began to produce pressed metal ceiling and wall panels. In 1920 operations were transferred to a factory in Forrestville and Thomas ran the business with two sons, the eldest Halbert Warren Ingham and youngest, Thoedore Newell Ingham. After a disagreement Theodore split from the family business leaving Halbert to take over and keeping the TW Ingham and Sons name. Thomas Warren Ingham retired in 1927 and passed away in 1931 aged 71 years. Halbert Warren Ingham sucessfully ran the business until 1980 when it was puchased by a group of individuals who foresaw the need to preserve the old craft and heritage of South Australia’s older buildings. His interest and presence in the company continued up until his death in 1995 aged 93. The plaster division was eventually on sold to Heritage Ceilings in Thebarton and Adelaide Pressed Metal procured the original pressed metal dies of panels, cornice, rails and mitres in 2010. A treasure trove of forgotten history is being unearthed and all pressed metal products are being restored or reproduced to their original condition.

Production of Pressed Metal products late 1800's - early 1900's

Step 1- Die modelled in clay  Step 2- Die cast in plaster  Step 3-Die cast in zinc or iron
Step 4- Stamped in zinc / steel or bronze or copper for specialty projects.

Twenty First Century Production

Original dies repolished and restored if possible.
Reproduced to exacting details using cutting edge computer technology.
Available in Aluminium, Steel, Copper, Brass, Galv, Heritage Galv, Zinc.

Art Metal Ceiling and Architectural Metal Work Products by Wunderlich:
Ceilings, Cornice, Rails, Mitres, Vents, Windows, Roofing, Facades, Doors, Gates, Nameplates and Plaques, Light fittings, Wash Basins, Fascia and Awnings, Shop Fronts, Columns, Showcases and Shop Counters…the list is endless.

Australian Pressed Metal panels are pressed in quality grade lightweight aluminium and are used in an endless variety of uses. Not only the traditional use of ceilings, walls and gables, fascias and awnings, shopfronts and counters, doors and gates, the heat resistant panels are now also used as splashbacks in kitchens, laundry, bathrooms, behind stoves and combustion heaters, door inserts, bedheads, mirror frames, outdoor kitchens and entertaining areas, fences, gates and screens or just about anything you can think of.


We are busy continually discovering original dies in our warehouse for designs that haven’t been seen for many years and restoring these original dies to the highest standard using quality grade aluminium. We now have the largest range of original designs in Australia and our aim is to keep adding more as we make exciting discoveries in our warehouse vault.

Our commitment to producing the best quality product is 110% and our aim is to stock the largest amount of pressed metal designs in Australia. We believe we have achieved this goal.

Using 21st Century technology with first-hand knowledge and experience of pressed metal products, Australian Pressed Metal is the leading specialist company for Heritage restoration reproducing original Wunderlich designs on a commercial and domestic scale.
Australian Pressed Metal reproduces to exacting standards any Wunderlich panel, cornice, rail, vent, mitre or architectural feature for any project. Specializing in Heritage listed buildings such as Flinders St Train Station in Melbourne to domestic residences, all products are produced from the highest quality materials while retaining original authenticity.

With today's technology we can offer many designs as specialty orders of Copper, Soft Zinc, Stainless Steel, Perforated Steel, Colourbond, Zincalume and Heritage Galv. Drawing on over 40 years of experience in the conservation of our heritage listed buildings throughout Australia. We offer an advisory service to Builders, Architects and Interior Designers in the restoration of pressed metal ceilings and cornices and architectural features.

Australian Pressed Metal is proudly Australian owned and manufactured.