THE SKILL SET of the average Australian looks a little different now, compared with 50 years ago. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, in 1966 almost half of all working Australians were tradesmen, process workers and labourers, while another 12 per cent were farmers, fishermen and timber getters.
But a gradual shift away from production to service industries, and the mechanisation of processes within the production industries themselves, has seen us lose touch with some of our most valued handiwork. The most common occupations in 2011 were those of professionals, clerical and administrative workers; technicians and tradespeople represented just 14 per cent.
All is not lost, however – a renewed appreciation of quality craftsmanship (and the popularity of antique goods and the ‘vintage’ aesthetic in homes and fashion) is slowly turning things around. If you are in Victoria you may wish to attend the Lost Trades Fair. Tickets are on sale until the 28th of Feb and you will see over 80 traditional makers and artisans practising their trades at this unique event.
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Saturday 7 March - 10.00am - 4.00pm,Sunday 8 March - 10.00am - 4.00pm Kyneton Racecourse, or visit their web site http://www.losttrades.co/ or see some of these lost trades in action on this video http://www.australiangeographic.com.au/topics/history-culture/2014/06/video-reviving-the-art-of-old-trades