Chapter Eight | Image Gallery

With their labour, in carrying out dirty and dangerous tasks that only migrants were prepared to do, Transfield's workers contributed to change Australia by building this country's infrastructure, the transmission lines, power stations, television and radio towers, pipelines, oil rigs, steelworks, harbours, roads, railways and grain silos. In so doing, they created with their hands, what Franco Belgiorno-Nettis would call "the nerve of a civilised community".



Seven Hills, November 1986. Pope John Paul II visits Transfield. Welding a steel hopper. Welders in action inside a large cylinder April 1972. Explaining how to drill a steel beam to a Thai delegation. Using a Lincolnwelder at Seven Hills. Heavy fabrication welding. Grinding. 1960s. Office staff at Transfield House, North Sydney. The hard work of adjusting formworks and arming the reinforcing steel before the concrete pour. Zincline worker preparing large pipe sections before the galvanising process. Transfield workers at Whyalla, South Australia, carrying out maintenance on a maritime structure. Welding huge components for oil rig assembly. Transfielders selecting their meal from a seafood banquet at Transfield's 25th anniversary dinner. 1951. The tents of the camp at Menai (NSW), where EPT workers were lodged while erecting towers. 1972. Transfield labourer at Gove, Northern Territory.