Greg has retired after nearly 51 years on the job.
Greg was employed on 3rd January 1963 and started work in the first Mawson office, which was originally E.B. Mawson’s car garage, at 137 King George Street, Cohuna. For the first twelve months Greg was taken under Lloyd Mawson’s wing doing some machine operating and clerical work. This gave Greg a great grounding in the earthmoving and contracting business.
After about twelve months Ken Mawson encouraged Greg to enrol in an accountancy course, which was done mostly through correspondence. The hard slog of part time correspondence study ultimately led to Greg obtaining his CPA. Throughout this phase Greg had many mentors but primarily Charles Painter, Ken, Lloyd and Bernie Mawson. Greg held the positions of Accountant and Administration Manager and later Manager, Corporate Services.
Greg has been an integral part of the Mawson story playing a major role in the journey from humble beginnings to where it sits today. A very interesting journey with many amazing and sad tales of up’s and down’s along the way.
A special dinner was hosted in Greg’s honour at the Tavern in Cohuna on Tuesday 10th December.
Presentations were made to Greg by John Mawson and Geoff Hall. Never short of a word Greg responded with true feeling and humour.
We wish Greg all the very best for a long, healthy and happy retirement and thank him sincerely for his hard work, dedication and the loyalty given to Mawsons over all those years.
Below is printed a copy of the presentation made by Geoff Hall.
“Ladies and Gentlemen,
It’s pleasing to be able to come together and share a meal as friends of the Mawson family company.
Our guest of honour, Greg, has experienced no fewer than three generations of Mawsons successfully lead our company, E.B.(Barney) Mawson, Ken, Bernie and Lloyd and John Mawson. I am sure Greg could tell us many stories of won and lost opportunities in civil construction (where Greg started out on this fantastic journey), quarries and concrete over the last 50 years.
Tonight is Greg’s night so let’s focus on him and not so much on the company. I think it is appropriate to reflect on the way Greg approached difficult decisions, changes and commitments as he accepted many responsible positions in the company, initially as Lloyd’s Cost Clerk and later as Accountant, Administration Manager and most recently as Corporate Services Manager.
I think it is fair to say that Greg refuses to tolerate anyone who is not prepared to give 100% effort. He is prepared to accept someone who tries their best but as Lloyd would say: ”doesn’t have the sox to pull up”. If someone has the ability and doesn’t “put in” then look out!
Greg demands people give their best to be their best. I think we all accept that expectation given Greg’s own effort in studying part time after hours and often after footy or cricket training over many years to attain membership with the Australian Society of Accountants, now known as CPA’s. Many of us who have been full time students admire the commitment that must have taken Greg.
Greg is the toughest of negotiators, always seeking the best deal for Mawsons. In earlier days our subcontract carriers were not paid if they delivered less than the required volume, delivered the wrong product or delivered material that was out of specification. You can imagine that this led to some heated exchanges. It was Greg’s job to administer this approach.
In contrast Greg has a caring side. I can recall Greg going out of his way to help out a carrier who had blown a tyre or had a gear box fail by organising a “sub” payment to tide them over this difficult time.
As many of us have experienced, Greg is not known for his diplomacy. If we don’t share Greg’s view on an issue we will know about it. I can recall Bev Brown who was our receptionist in earlier days exclaiming to Greg, “you just can’t say that…….” At least everyone knows where you stand Greg.
Greg’s dedication to his work, with long hours and a commitment to seeing a job through came at a cost to his loved ones. Greg worked through these difficulties always putting his children first.
Greg is rightly proud of his children. His son Richard is a Civil Engineer and a high ranking Army Officer, recently serving a second stint in Afghanistan and his daughter Wendy has a Doctorate and works as a specialist Oil and Gas Geologist with Woodside in W.A.
Greg’s commitment to his community has reflected favourably on Mawsons. For example he is past Secretary of the Cohuna and District Progress Association, Cohuna and District Cricket
Association, Long standing member of the Horfield Cricket Club, past President and Captain of the Cohuna Golf Club. He is currently Treasurer for the Cohuna Golf Club and Cohuna Retirement Village as well as auditor to many local organisations.
On behalf of all the members of the Mawson team, we wish you well in your retirement Greg.
May you drive the golf ball long and straight, roll in those putts and continue to enjoy the company of those around you.
All the very best in your retirement Greg.”
Recently Richard Peace was surprised to receive a medal from the US Army for his services in Afghanistan. The citation read “For exceptional and meritorious service during Operation Enduring Freedom. Major Peace’s dedication to duty during combat operations in Afghanistan contributed to the success of the Command’s mission. His actions are in keeping with the finest traditions of military service and reflect distinct credit upon himself, Regional Command and the United States Army.” Congratulations Richard from all at Mawsons.