Chapter Three

Transfield's young, unattached, adventurous migrant workforce went wherever and whenever they were needed, where many 'locals' were reluctant to go, taking up all sorts of jobs, working long hours, often under testing climatic conditions, sometimes in defiant disregard for their own personal safety.

This is what made Transfield stand out from its competitors. There was this realization that success for a migrant in a new country only came to the adventurous- possibly a defining characteristic of the immigrant class - often repeated in different epochs. In post-war Australia, Transfield and its workforce hardly ever shunned a new challenge, from re-inventing itself.


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1986. Italian workers celebrating Pope John Paul II’s visit to Transfield in Seven Hills.