Legendary Australian “Golden Oldie” drycleaner passed away

The Austalian drycleaning industry recently lost a legend when Miller Goodwin passed away peacefully in his sleep.  He was aged 88.

Goodwin was a visionary and actively involved in the industry over 50 years and maintained contact with the “Golden Oldies” – a tightly knit cohort of retired drycleaners, allied traders and launderers who met regularly. He loved drycleaning, and the points he regularly raised are as relevant now as then. According to him, there is nothing new in the industry, but things are done differently and a bit tougher. “We have to train ourselves and train our people. Without this we cannot be successful”

Some other items he used to focus on: involvement between fellow small businesses, such as the pharmacy and the drycleaner, in order to learn from each other’s business and … hygiene strategies. For instance, he suggested drycleaners to clean and promote themselves better, like pharmacies do! Finally, he advised fellow drycleaners to be members of the local business trading community. “You need to know what is going on, talk to other people about how they are finding business. Be a part of the business landscape: outside of the supermarket you might well have the greatest financial commitment in your community.”

Our deepest condolences go out to family, friends and relatives.