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MARK BARTRIM

Issue Twelve: Model Maker & Collector Mark Bartrim

SMALL BUT PERFECTLY FORMED

THERE ARE MANY DIFFERENT REASONS WHY PEOPLE GET INTO MODEL MAKING OR COLLECTING. RETIRED CRANE OPERATOR MARK BARTRIM HAS MORE REASON THAN MOST TO BE GLAD HE TOOK IT UP, AS MARGO COLE FOUND OUT WHEN SHE SPOKE TO THE QUEENSLANDER ABOUT HIS LIFE AND EXTENSIVE MODEL COLLECTION.

What is your background in the heavy lifting/heavy haulage industry?

“I’m 62 and retired now, but I worked in the crane industry for 40 years rigging and driving – we call it driving here in Australia, you would probably say ‘operating’." expalins Mark Bartrim, "It started when I was labouring on a [construction] job; there were a couple of cranes on site and they asked me to give them a hand. After that, I did all my tickets and took it from there."

“I spent 10 years working on tower cranes on high-rise during the 70s – mainly in Brisbane. There was always construction going on there. Back in those days it was how you gauged the economy – by the number of tower cranes. I moved to Mackay in 1988 to chase mining construction work.

“Over the years I travelled most of Queensland with my job, and I loved it. The only reason I retired was because I had a pretty bad back injury in the 90s and had to have surgery to fix it.”

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