Photograph 7495883
Shipwright James Haigh, from Greenock, received two shocks when he came to Brisbane, city 550,000 people in Australia in October, 1951. First was to find a thriving new shipbuilding industry providing work for nearly 1,000 men. Mr Haigh, who worked for 25 years at Scott and Co. shipyards, Greenock, had thought that any shipyard would be limited to boat building. His second shock was to find that the shipyards paid double what he received back in Scotland. He is now a sub-foreman shipwright earning 22 pound sterling for a 40 hour week. Foreman James Haigh with Australian shipwright Jim Croker, of Sunnybank, who is adzing some anchor cable stopper equipment for the new 4,500 ton freighter Mundoora

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A12111, 1/1959/16/327
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