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- A Place & Date Depicted Melbourne, Australia
Digital Photograph - Man Swinging from Crane Hook, Reserve Bank Construction Site, Close View, Melbourne, 1964 Reg. No: MM 110761
- Description Of Content:
- A man in cap swinging from a crane hook at a construction site. The city of Melbourne is below, and the dome of the State Library is visible.
This photograph shows Antonio Bertolo, swinging from a crane hook from the Reserve Bank construction site, Melbourne, 1964. His daughter remembers: 'He was the crane driver. He had a good head for heights. He had wanted to be a pilot, but he didn't get to finish his education because of World War II. His schooling ended at age 9. He got into the construction industry, qualified as a crane driver and enjoyed the heights. He was crane driver for quite a few of Melbourne's significant buildings in the 1960s and 1970s. The year the Beatles came, Antonio had the best view of the Beatles and crowds, but at first he had no idea what was going on. He was sitting on the edge of the building looking down at to see what was going on, and he believes it was Ringo Starr who looked up, saw him and waved.' He liked to show his daughter Gina construction sites, and would take her around, explaining how a crane is raised up to a new building. When Gina goes through the city, she sees the buildings he helped build and is reminded of him.
- Acquisition Information:
- Copied from Mrs Gina Burden, 2006
- Contributed by Mrs Gina Burden
|Themes this item is part of:||Engineering Collection, Working Life & Trades Collection, Melbourne's Biggest Family Album Collection|
|Primary Classification:||BUILDING & CONSTRUCTION|
|Secondary Classification:||Commercial Buildings|
|Tertiary Classification:||construction workers|
|People Depicted:||Bertolo, Antonio|
|Organisations Depicted:||Reserve Bank of Australia, Victoria|
|Format:||Digital Still Image: Black & White; Tiff|
|Place & Date Depicted:||Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1964
Source of Date Depicted: Contributor's mother.
Relationship of Photographer to Contributor: Unknown work colleague.