As an employee with a long history at Torquepower, we have heard many tall tales and true about “Scotty”. Born in Dunedin, South Island New Zealand, Bruce enjoyed carpentry at high school before he left to begin a Diesel Mechanical Heavy Industry apprenticeship at a bus company where he would work on Leyland Buses. Each Leyland model is named after an animal; Leopard, Lion, Panther and Tiger… “I liked working on buses so much that I went back for a second stint. In the interim period I worked on Hydroelectric power projects, building dams at Twizel. I loved the countryside and working on earthmoving equipment – big Dozers and Cats.”
“I applied and was accepted for a Ministry of Works role at Scott Bay, Antarctica for the New Zealand Antarctica Research program. It was surprisingly mild in summer when the support crew and scientists would come down, but winter is the key Repairs and Maintenance period. It is difficult to get tactile feedback with big gloves on so we would use the cold port to bring the machine in to defrost the ice off the tracks, and then move it into the relative warmth of the workshop to work on the machines.”
“The living conditions were both different and challenging. At the time I was one of only 200 people who “wintered over”. Just 10 people stay on base through the dark freezing winter each year. The worst thing was, there was little to do. I met my future wife, Anne through the summer. She had been seconded from the police force to help on the Base with the duty free shop, and to assist the Chef.”
Now married 31 years, Bruce and Anne came to Australia for a holiday and fell in love with the weather and the economy, and came to Torquepower in 1988. “ I was working first as a technician – then Workshop Foreman – then I transferred to the Parts Department . I left for a few short years but returned to Torquepower for the people. I really appreciate the team here. “ When not looking after parts enquiries, Bruce enjoys time with his two grandchildren and three dogs . This June (2016), the Scotts will travel to Canada and Alaska for their first big cruise.
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