A lifetime building Portland
YOU’D be forgiven for wondering if Don Errey will ever slow down.
At the age of 83, when many are enjoying retirement, Mr Errey seems as busy as ever.
He recently hit the headlines again for his work in building and donating a new cable tram to Portland Cable Trams – at a cost of more than $100,000 – but there’s plenty more going on in the life and mind of the businessman who never seems to stop.
It’s in the family DNA.
The Errey family’s history in Portland begins in 1912, when builder George Edmund “Ted” Errey came down from Hamilton to work, and decided to stay.
Ted Errey built many buildings in the area from that time, and among those he was responsible for was the original Methodist Church at Bolwarra, where its successor, the Uniting Church will celebrate its centenary this Sunday.
He also bought a property at 30 Henty St, where he set up a hardware shop.
Ted Errey had four children – David, Emily, Sylvia and Jack – and it was David Errey, father of Don and born in 1906, who bought his father out of the shop in the early 1930s.
“My Dad started working with my grandfather but went to Bowral (in NSW) for a number of years,” Don Errey said.
Bowral, of course, was the home of a young Don Bradman at the time and Don Errey said his father played cricket with Australian sport’s most legendary figure.