RD Hassed Memorial Award – 2004

Trevor and Erin Tamblyn of Blackhead Quarries with the justly deserved RD Hassed Trophy.
Both Trevor and Erin have been outstanding examples of service to the industry over a large number of years, including representing New Zealand IOQ interests at several overseas quarrying conferences.

Some of his quarrying background is highlighted here:-
Trevor Tamblyn left school with a fascination for machinery and especially trucks. Before he was allowed to be involved with machinery he was to gain an apprenticeship as a Fitter and Turner with J &A P Scott in Dunedin.

In September 1965 Trevor was employed by Fulton Hogan his first job was with the sealing crew working throughout Otago. Other tasks included working for Construction and then eventually with a Mobile crushing crew.

His early initiation to loader work on a crushing site was nearly his last when an incident with a Hough loader over turning pinning him under the water of a near by creek. Snow Egers come to the rescue.

He moved to Gore to become the manager at the Gore Gravel Company Plant in 1972 a position he held until 1982. At this time he moved back to Dunedin to take up the position of Manager at the Walton Park Sand Company in Fairfield, holding this position to 1988.

From being the manager at Walton Park he moved over the road to become the Manager of the Aggregates Division for Fulton Hogan (Coastal) Dunedin.
This position presented Trevor with the overall management of the Sand operation at Fairfield, a hard rock quarry in Balclutha, drilling and blasting crew and three mobile crushing plants which covered most of Otago and Southland. Recently with the combining of Fulton Hogan Dunedin aggregate business and Palmers quarrying operations Trevor is now an intergral part of a much larger aggregate producer Blackhead Quarries Ltd.

Trevor become a member of the Institute of Quarrying in October 1980 and to this day is still a very active member. Trevor has worked tirelessly to ensure quarrying in New Zealand is not perceived as the destructive industry many people wrongly believe. In Trevor?s eyes rock, gravel and sand can be quarried safely and efficiently by an experienced trained workforce. To prove his commitment to the cause he worked on the IOQ executive committee for six years from 1986 through 1992.

Trevor was Otago Southland Chairman from October 1984 to May 1991.
During his time as a member of the IOQ he has led the branch and was an active member on the committee that organised and ran three successful Annual Conferences.

Recently Trevor has played an advocacy role of presenting the case for removing the explosives part from the old A & B Grade tickets.