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Q&A Gordon Lang, Docmaster
lot of city operators, city
trained operators could
never make it in the bush.
Down there if something
stopped you just pressed a
button and along came
the mechanic, and get them back on the
road again. They came the bush, they
had to do everything themselves they
didn’t know where to start, where to
look. They couldn’t fix a disser stop on
But when you do your apprenticeship
like we did, in the bush you learn
everything, like machining, printing
work, duo-toning. Each one of those is a
trade on its own. That’s why the city
trained were never a real success in the
bush, they were only trained in one facet
of it. The country bloke could go to the
city, no problem but the city bloke
couldn’t come to the country. The
biggest problem the country blokes had
in the city was trying to fill in time. I was
taken through the Daily Mirror. I went
down there to buy a machine and one of
the blokes was a former Mirror worker
and he took me over and showed me
through it. Those compositors, they had
one forme, that was a day’s work. And
they had all the gear there to do it with,
and all this room, and everything and
one eight hour shift to do one forme. We
did four in a day here.
And their mitring machines, doing
corners putting a border round an ad or
something, you just mitre through it and
bend it around and you’d get these beaut
corners, whereas here you’d chop
through on the lathe and say that looks
like 45 degrees.
Director at Docmaster, Gordon Lang,
sees similarities between Game of
Thrones and printing. We can only
hope it’s not the violence.
Why did you get into printing?
I was working in postal distribution
for PMP and was looking for a new
challenge so I contacted a number of
their competitors and was luckily
offered a good position at
Hannanprint. I have left the industry
a couple of times but the elastic keeps
pulling me back.
What is your favourite phrase?
It can be done – now let’s work out
What would be your dream job?
A role more in oversight and
mentoring – developing the next
generation – that way I know I have a
What T V show are you watching at
Awaiting the next series of Games of
Thrones – I can see a lot of similarity
with the printing industry.
What is your greatest luxury in life?
Having the option and control of
deciding what to do next.
Who or what makes you laugh?
Good company and family.
If your house was on fire, what
three things would you rescue
(apart from family members)?
My iPad (with all my contacts, info,
etc), the family animals, and family
How do you like to unwind?
By going for a long ocean paddle or a
surf (with decent size waves).
Who would you like to be stuck
on a desert island with?
A group of interesting people for
conversations and who like training
What really makes your blood boil?
Drivers who stay in the right lane,
especially as they pass under a sign.
National Print Awards
business solutions webinar
The Graphic Arts Golf
Society of SA golf day
Queensland LIA golf day
Create websites webinar
Sydney Olympic Park
Water view in Bicentennial Park,
Sydney Olympic Park
Blackwood Golf Club, Adelaide
Pacific Golf Club, Carindale
between the city
and the bush
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