Lindsay Partridge, Father of Australia’s bricklaying skills training scheme recognised in Queens Birthday Honours List

Lindsay Partridge Award 3Lindsay Partridge has been named a Member of the Order of Australia in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list this week, for his visionary work in securing the future of this industry through the ongoing training of a skilled workforce in bricklaying.

His work culminated in the establishment of the Australian Brick & Blocklaying Training Foundation (ABBTF) which he continues to actively guide as Chairman of the Board of Directors.  This national organisation has, since 2006, made possible the training of up to 2500 apprentices in Australia each year.

Lindsay Partridge is a veteran of the industry and is Managing Director of the largest brick making Company in Australia – Brickworks Ltd (Austral Bricks and its many sub-brands).


His early recognition that the residential and commercial brick building industry would decline without the continuing flow of qualified bricklaying tradespeople entering the trade, while appreciated in the industry, now has wider recognition with this announcement.

When asked about the award, Lindsay Partridge was quick to recognise the team effort involved in maintaining the focus over the past thirty years and the successful outcomes since the establishment of the ABBTF in more recent times.

Geoff Noble, General Manager of the ABBTF since its inception as a national organisation in 2006, was delighted to learn of the Award.  “This Award for Lindsay recognises his great achievements in advancing the bricklaying trade. I know he would agree that this Award also recognizes the efforts of the wider industry: the ABBTF team, the programs of TAFEs and Group Training Organisations, the brick manufacturers, the builders and the bricklayers who employer and train apprentices on the job, year in, year out.

Geoff Noble,
General Manager ABBTF.

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