More than 60 members of PMA Australia, along with many leading WA professional photographers, turned out this Tuesday, December 3 to farewell Maxwell’s Duncan Dodd, who is retiring after more than 34 years with the company.
The farewell was held at Fremantle’s historic Esplanade Hotel, and hosted by John Swainston, Maxwell’s managing director, and Murray Gibbs, on behalf of PMA. (PMA director Peter Rose was hosting the PMA NSW Christmas Party and so unable to attend.)
A fitting tribute was delivered by current Australian Professional Photographer of the Year, Tony Hewitt, recognising the enormous support Duncan had provided the profession over many years.
Those sentiments were reinforced as John Swainston recounted Duncan’s qualities of loyalty, professionalism and integrity.
Duncan started his career at Western Mining as a draughtsman, and worked as a professional photographer until he was 30, switching to wholesale sales when he joined Maxwell Photo Optics in Perth in May 1979. He spent several years as Victorian manager for the company and its successor, Maxwell Optical Industries from 1983. In his time he has been an underwater dive master, marine photographer, sailing instructor, working photographer and state sales manager.
Michael Phillips, WA manager for Nikon, presented Duncan with a gift voucher from Nikon Australia, marking the long association Duncan had with the brand in his first 28 years with Maxwell as Nikon distributor. Mr Swainston presented Duncan with a copy of the Elysium book by leading Australian underwater photographer and author/publisher, Michael Aw, marking the 100th anniversary of the Shackleton expedition to Antarctica.
Mr Swainston also announced the appointment of Melissa Montague as the new Maxwell representative for Western Australia. Melissa was introduced to the assembled company and is already at work helping retailers prepare for Christmas trading.
Duncan Dodd will formally retire on December 31, after attending a company farewell function in Sydney. Mr Swainston wished Duncan and his wife Ann, who had also worked for Maxwell Optical in the ’80s, the very best for their future.
(Thanks to John Swainston for assistance in preparing this story.)