So I'm out of work again. "What? You were even in work?" This is what happens when I fail to blog for ages.
I picked up some work at the cannery in Shepparton from early March until yesterday. The work is seasonal and matches the summer harvest season for fruits. I was initially placed in the peach section for a few weeks, and then I was off for about a month, until last week when I was called back in to work on tomatoes. Each time I was placed on afternoon shift (that is, 3pm to 11pm). My role was described as "Knockdown Wash" and was much the same for both peaches and tomatoes: that is, to go to a series of hoses and use them to hose down conveyor belts and machinery so that the produce kept moving smoothly and muck didn't build up. In each case the challenge was to do this without spraying other people with water by accident,
We couldn't take phones into the factory. Doing so would have been essentially instant dismissal. However, the National Archives of Australia have a couple of photographs which are reasonably representative. The one which most sticks in my mind if this one, of a woman sorting peaches in 1963 -
|Sorting peaches before canning, Shepparton Preserving Company|
(NAA: A1200, L43906)
|Image from here|
I'm not sure what the next job will be. Whatever I can find I expect. There's a climb ahead of me, but at least there's something ahead of me.