The National : NOV DEC 2016
THE AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL DRYCLEANER & LAUNDERER NOVEMBER DECEMBER 2016 25 Conferences. One of the most challenging but well attended was the 1981 National Fabricare Conference in Melbourne In 1984 the Victorian Government appointed him as a Justice Of The Peace and he was inaugurated at a ceremony at The Supreme Court of Victoria. In 1985, the year I finished school, Dad suffered the first major disaster in his business life. An electrical component on an automated conveyor exploded as a result of a power surge causing a fire damaging the facility and customers’ clothes. This was the first of three rebuilds he had to face in his business life. The following year, 1986, he chaired the Twin Clean Conference in Melbourne. November 1986, virtually a year after the fire, he had to face the second disaster in his business life. A bomb exploded overnight underneath the building next door to our dry cleaning business when a disgruntled Armenian terrorist who had political issues with Turkey decided he would attack the Turkish Consulate in Melbourne. Suffice to say it was most fortunate that when setting the bomb, he blew himself up in the middle of the night and did not kill those who he had intended during the following day. However. This sent a ball of fire through Dad’s dry cleaning business and took months to rebuild. 1986 also saw Roger awarded the first ever DIA Victoria Honorary Life Membership for services to the Victorian Dry Cleaning Industry. In 1989, wanting to bring the Australian Dry Cleaning industry into the 20th Century, Dad pioneered with a spritely young computer whiz kid named Brian Smith the introduction of Dry Cleaning Computer Systems in the southern hemisphere – wanting to lift the professionalism and bring the best system at that time to the industry that he loved. In 1991, Dad suffered a head on car crash that would impact him for the rest of his life. Many surgeries, nerve damage, spinal and neck instability would plague Dad ever since. Also that year, he travelled to Canada for a convention and met a fabulous Management Consultant who specialised in the Special guests on the evening, the Bancroft family. Nick and Elana Bancroft, flanked by their sons Justin and Adam. Roger Bancroft was a great man on the Australian drycleaning scene, but it is impossible to over estimate his importance internationally, where he was something of a legend. This photograph was taken at CleanShow 1999 in Orlando, Florida. It was at this event he first saw GreenEarth demonstrated –I was with him – and he said “This is the future, we have to bring this to Australia.” (And by we he meant he. And he did.) The Australian contingent that year from left to right: Paul Ryan, Shirley Naylor, Peter Hudson, Jane Ryan, Roger Bancroft, Maxine Hudson, Val Hudson, Rona and Nick Moufarrige. There are three Presidents in this pic.
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