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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Building work in Australia

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Welcome to our blog, affordable rentals
and this post, building work in Australia
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Building work in Australia
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This is a typical timber workers cottage. A worker's cottage is a smaller version of the large Queens-lander; they were built smaller so that a worker could afford to buy it.



This is a brick base being built. on a narrow block of land, again here the builders were trying to make it cheap, so that people could afford them.




In Australia a lot of houses are built with a timber frame, so people coming in from Europe, like myself in the sixties, we though this is strange; so we were asking ourselves why they don't build in masonry.  






Building work in Australia
Dear readers, with this post we are going back to write some of our own old articles. In these articles we have said that we would write some posts about DIY brickwork and other building things, well this article here explains how I started to work in the building industry, and later on as a bricklayer tradesman.   
So, let me start from the beginning; when I came to Australia in the sixties I ended up working in the building industry, because those were the jobs that were available to do then; we were mainly working on fixing old houses, or building new house from scratch and also units and warehouses, so I ended up learning how lots of building things were done, in the end I specialized in becoming a bricklayer, and have worked most of my life as a bricklayer.  
Now, let us talk about what we are going to write in this article; the Australian housing industry in the sixties, we will also be talking about, working in the Australian housing and building industry; Earning and saving money if you can; and Working with this Italian builder.
The Australian housing and building industry was and is one of the major employment industries in Australia, you might say that this is so also in other countries; but in other countries building new houses is not as important as it is in Australia. One of the reasons for this is that Australia was taking in many emigrant, in the sixties Australia was taking emigrants in a regulated way, now because the population grows steadily also accommodation need to grow, therefore a lot of new houses need to be built, this building of new housing accommodations gives many opportunities for the new comers to be employed, since there is a lot of manual work involved, and therefore a healthy cycle is thus created; but even with these opportunities the building industry has its ups and down, as we all know.
The housing building industry and real estate are more or less linked together and both have their ups and downs; you see, it could have been helpful if one could foretell what is going to happen next year, but it is not always possible to guess what is going to happen in the future. If people could know this, then they could be able to save money, or get rich quickly, especially if they are going to buy or build a house. It would be also helpful for the investors, as they would be able to invest their money at the right opportunity; about buying a house and saving to buy a house, we are going to write later on, because now I would like to continue my own story about house building, since that is what I was going to do in the first place; anyhow it is worth to keep informed in these money matters.
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Working in the building industry
As I have said in one of my last articles or posts called: Is Australia the land of opportunities; when I came to Australia from my native town; Genzano di Lucania Italy I ended up working in the building industry. Working on building in Australia is usually a temporary job, because even the employer is subject to the same opportunities of work, therefore one is never sure what is going to happen next when one job is finished, and therefore there were always concerns about our employment status, so, sometimes we could not help to continually ask ourselves, whether our employer would be able to get another job to do in time, before we finished the one we were doing, but even though we were thinking that we still worked hard to finish the job on hand as soon as possible, because to find work you had to be competitive.
Well I have to say here that although this small Italian builder did lots of small jobs, it did work out all right most times and we were able to move from one job to another all-around Brisbane town and also to some other close by town/s. Of course this would cause some worries if you had no transport of your own and you had to rely on some friends or the employer to take you on the work site, where the building was going to be built, but we managed somehow.
I remember that there were times when I had to get up early and catch the first tram to the city, and then I had to catch the second tram to another suburb, where usually the builder would pick me up and drive me to the onsite job, in the evening after eight hours or more of hard work, I had to go back home, which took again a long time, but anyhow we managed all right, after all we were here in Australia to earn money and as long as we had a job to go to and earn that money we were happy to do that. You see, on building sites workers can earn a bit above other people wages, but there was this uncertainty because there was no guaranty that the work would last and it also was hard work all day long.
Anyhow I think that it was a good job with good opportunities to learn and improve your knowledge of building something yourself. You see in those times one could improve their working and earning position more easily than today, as a lot of people did, it was possible then because a lot of things were simple, and therefore they could be done just by using your common sense. Of course there were always inspections from local authorities to follow, but once you knew what it was required they were easy to follow, if you used your brains diligently, therefore in a way we have to say that we had more opportunities then compared to today opportunities.
I think I have said enough in this post; so, see you in our next post about earning and saving money.

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Affordable Rentals Building work in Australia
IS TO BE CONTINUED; 
Next time with, earning and saving money
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