SALT Tradies Stories

Part of our ongoing International Women’s Day project

SONIA LEA MORGENWECK aka (Buschke)

SALT TRADESWOMAN, WORKSHOP TRADIE, COMMITTEE MEMBER, SALT OF THE EARTH VOLUNTEER TRADIE TRADE: PAINTER & DECORATOR AND SIGNWRITER Age you entered trade –  I was 16, I completed year 10 and knew I didn’t want to go back to do year 11-12. I liked school but didn’t want to go on to University. I saw…

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FRED FOSTER

SALT TRADESWOMAN, FOUNDING MEMBER, WORKSHOP TRADIE, COMMITTEE MEMBER, SALT OF THE EARTH VOLUNTEER TRADIE TRADE: FITTER AND MACHINIST. Currently DOGMAN on a building site. Age entered trade – 22 years as a Mature (????) age apprentice!! I studied 4U maths, 3U engineering, 2U physics and english at school. I was apparently destined to become an…

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DI ROBINSON

SALT TRADESWOMAN, FOUNDING MEMBER, PAST COMMITTEE MEMBER, SALT OF THE EARTH VOLUNTEER TRADIE TRADE: PAINTER & DECORATOR AND SIGNWRITER Hi, I am Di Robinson, I am 53 and I am a Painter & Decorator and signwriter. Over the years, I have completed a number of courses in the hope of finding a career path that…

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MARGEAUX JANENKO

TRADE: ELECTRICIAN Age you entered trade and how – I started my apprenticeship when I was 19. I had worked and travelled for 2 years after I finished school… and after giving uni a test run, I just knew this was not the correct pathway for me. I applied for the Pre-vocational (career start) Certificate…

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ZILLAH THORN

SALT APPRENTICE TRADESWOMAN, TRADE: SHOPFITTER Age you entered trade and how – I entered at age 22. I did a training course with fusion training after which I did a few weeks of work experience I got offered a job as a shopfitter. What attracted you to your trade – After studying at university for…

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BROOKE MEPHAM

SALT TRADESWOMAN, FOUNDING MEMBER, WORKSHOP TRADIE, COMMITTEE MEMBER TRADE: AUTOMOTIVE SPRAY PAINTER Age you entered trade and why – Around 18 I was selected into the NRMA Jumpstart pre apprenticeship program.  I completed the 6 month program and after a few months of looking gained an apprenticeship with a smash repairer. What attracted you to…

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JESSICA GARDINER

SALT TRADESWOMAN,  SALT WORKSHOP TRADIE, SALT OF THE EARTH VOLUNTEER TRADIE TRADE: PLUMBER I had recently come home from a two month travel trek though China.  For the first time in my life I wanted to lay some roots in a city and call it home. I wanted to learn a practical skill and mix up the scene.…

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JACQUELINE FORREST

 SALT TRADESWOMAN, FOUNDING MEMBER, SALT WORKSHOP TRADIE, SALT OF THE EARTH VOLUNTEER TRADIE TRADE: PAINTER AND DECORATOR Age you entered trade and why – In July 2005, age 42 years, I was attracted to a Work Opportunities for Women course at Wollongong TAFE, a 6 month course which was an Introduction to Painting & Decorating. …

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