The 90-year-old pump industry leader, John Link, has decided to auction the balance of his stock and machinery currently on-site at his Williamstown engineering facility. 

Mr Link said, “I’m preparing for the next phase of my life.” 

Mr Link commenced his full-service pump business in 1959 and has been responsible for some of the most ingenious pumping solutions to circumvent local and international catastrophes, including the 1991 Coote Island disaster when a 60,000L chemical storage tank exploded, sending toxic black smoke smothering Melbourne.

Auctioneer, Martin Evans, from M.E. Auctions will be auctioning more than 500 specialised pumps, diesel engines and all remaining equipment as Link Industries are due to close for good by the end of 2023. 

John Link has a bucket list of personal jobs to achieve, despite his lifetime involvement of engineering experience. He plans on playing some extra games of Royal Tennis in his retirement. 

Auctioneer Martin Evans reports that pre-auction bids are being received from all over the world. Online auctions will be conducted live online over two weekends – 11 to 12 November, and 18 to 19 November 2023. 

This sponsored editorial is brought to you by Link Pumps. For more information regarding Link Pumps’ online auctions, visit

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