How we used to do things around here

images from Google

How people used to work before the days of computers and CAD.

Not sure these images would meet current day H+S standards...

These images sparked memories for Peter Eising, Managing Director, who reminised:

Seriously, it wasn’t really that long ago (well, maybe it was!).

When I first started work straight out of school, this was how we worked.… maybe in slightly smaller offices.

Other staff members will have even more stories that highlight the primitiveness of the working conditions.

I was in Wellington working for the Ministry of Works one of the biggest Consultancies around because all the Governments work was done in-house. The collection of drawing instruments in the boardroom display case were our ‘tools of trade’ along with pencils, pens and ink. Mistakes weren’t encouraged as it took much time to scrape of the ink, hopefully before the paper got too thin, and redraw.

The juniors made the tea, everyone stopped for ‘smoko’, (smoking around the tea trolley wheeled into the middle of the room, and at the drawing board…!). The ladies in the typing pool were in a separate office due to the clattering of the typewriters typing every single page of the specifications.

The print machine and process was where the name ‘blue-print’ actually came from. While the ‘older’ offices used the sun to transfer the hand-drawn tracing paper image onto the special ‘blue-print’ paper, ‘modern offices had a 2x stage print machine, wet-oil or ammonia-based. It was the juniors’ job (including mine!) to do the printing, where every A1 page was fed into the machine twice while we got high on the ammonia fumes. I remember printing the Government’s Beehive working drawings to go out for tender in the mid/late 1970’s….. 4 years of drawings amounts to many pages especially when there were up to 20 Tenderers!!!