IF you have vivid memories of working at the old Borthwick’s meatworks, or better still, photographs or film, Garry Kerr would like to talk with you.
The prolific Portland documentary-maker has turned his attention to the meatworks that for generations before Alcoa was Portland’s leading employer.
“At its peak, Borthwick’s employed 1100 Portlanders,” Mr Kerr said. “This story needs to be told while some of those employees are still around. From a visual standpoint, it won’t be easy, though.
The Borthwick’s management had a policy against taking pictures or film inside the meatworks. So far I have just a few interior scenes.”
Mr Kerr, who has made a number of documentaries ranging from women on the land in the south-west to Huon pining in western Tasmania, said he’s especially interested in stories of the 1965 fire that destroyed the meatworks, which was then rebuilt in just eight months.
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