Vivian Richard Ebsary started a toolmaking/precision-engineering business in Sydney, Australia. Three years later, the business became a registered company called VR Ebsary & Co.
VR Ebsary & Co began manufacturing spare parts for some specific models of internal gear pumps while expanding its operations across Australia. What began as the manufacturing spare parts led to an increased numbers of finished pumps and/or completed pump units for the oil industry, which could not be readily and quickly sourced from overseas and did not satisfy the technical requirements needed locally at the time. In parallel, VR Ebsary & Co began succeeding in both reputation and respect within the oil industry in Australia, employing approximately 10-15 skilled tradesmen plus a small office staff.
With the advent of WWII, the company was declared a "Protected Industry" by the Australian government. During this period, the company was involved with the responsibility of designing, developing, manufacturing and supplying the Australian military with a range of engineered products. This included the repair and manufacture of fuel-oil and fuel-transfer pumps on naval vessels, and the manufacture of high-pressure spur gear hydraulic pumps and motors.
As Australia began post-war rebuilding, Ebsary made the strategic decision to focus his efforts towards manufacturing and marketing pumps rather than his previous toolmaking/general engineering line of business.