Monthly Archives: January 2012


Go!! Aussie Bricklayer in US Best Bricklayer Competition

It seems that bricklayers are a very competitive breed. Take Ron Elliott – he’s about to compete for Best Bricklayer against the best in the USA – the 16 winners from regional bricklayer events that were held during 2011 throughout the US & Canada.

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Bricklaying lifestyle aids Aussie Test Cricketer, Tasmanian Ben Hilfenhaus

It’s often said that excellence in hand-eye co-ordination makes a good bricklayer and a good sportsman and there’s no better example of this than Ben Hifenhaus!

Contributing in no small part to the Indian 3rd test loss in Perth last week, was the tenacious performance of in-form bowler Ben Hilfenhaus (Hilfy or Gentle Ben to his mates).

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Australia’s First Bricklayer – James Bloodsworth – A Real Success Story

“Picture sourced from the State Library of New South Wales.” Australia Day marks the first European settlement in Australia with the arrival of The First Fleet  on 26 January 1788.  Aboard the flotilla was just one bricklayer amongst 700 convicts: James Bloodsworth.  The ships also carried provisions of just 5,000 bricks and 12 wooden moulds for […]

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2011 was a good year: 2000+ Bricklaying Apprentices in Training

Looking back on last year, 2011 has been a very successful year in terms of the number of Apprenticeships currently in place in bricklaying and blocklaying.

ABBTF continued its strong support for apprentice training and employment with more than 2,000 apprentices across the country attracting subsidies for their employers and gaining training and skills for their future freedom.

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