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David Hawkins

Dave Hawkins in his butcher shop


DAVID HAWKINS: I’m the local butcher in North Strathfield. I started my 45th year on the 4th of December 2012. I came out of school as a 16 year old and I did some work experience for them for a few weeks and I decided that I liked what I was doing.

OLEV MUSKA: That was the local butcher …

DAVID: … the local butcher in this … the previous owner was WR Paine and Company which were the original owners of that business right through from, as I said, 1929 so they were very long and established, you know, very popular people in the community and my father was … he used to have a drink with one of the owners of the place and he got me the nod to just try it out see whether I liked it - and I loved it!

Then I went back to school the following year and I did my School Certificate. They did say to me, “Look, you don’t need to go back to school - you’ve got the job if you want it”. But I decided to go back, and we did that. Then I started full time the following year and I have never looked back.

I’ve enjoyed it thoroughly. It’s been a happy place to work. It’s always been interesting. I’ve enjoyed the work and still do … the quality that comes out of that shop is, I think, probably the thing that stood out to me. I’ve seen and been involved with the meat industry now for some time and I’ve seen what other people sell - supposedly quality stuff - and it’s very much questionable, and I think the quality of the product that we produce and the quality - because of that - the quality of the customer that we’ve had over the years have made life for me very enjoyable. We look on our customers as friends and we treat them as such and we just enjoy our work. We enjoy the one-on-one with people and I think I’ve been very fortunate.

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In response to community consultation, a number of local residents were interviewed and recorded. The sessions took place in December 2012 and February 2013 at Concord Library.

A short excerpt from each resident appears on this website. Together, they form a cross-section of insights into the wonderful community that is of and around the North Strathfield area.

The full interviews will be archived and available for borrowing at the City of Canada Bay Council Library Services.

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