Over the past few years we have had the pleasure of working with the Haymes Paint family on a number of occasions. We say "family" rather than company because family is at the forefront of what this company does and how it operates.
Recently, Haymes celebrated their 80th anniversary and the launch of their new book, Paint Flowing Through The Veins by local author Phil Roberts, with an afternoon high tea at the historic Ballaarat Mechanics' Institute. We were pleased to have the opportunity to photograph the event, and partake in a few cupcakes along the way.
Guests arriving at the event were serenaded by bagpipes upon entering this beautiful historical building, covered at the moment with scaffolding but still a gem in our historic city.
The Haymes story, beginning in 1890 when Thomas Haymes opened a painting contracting business in Ballarat, is a fascinating one, and is outlined in detail in the stunning book which we had a chance to view at the launch. We were also excited to see that it contains some of our own images from previous sessions with the family, together with many other images taken throughout Haymes history. The fourth generation of Haymes are now running the company, and a fifth generation was also in attendance at the high tea, perhaps contemplating the view of their future in a company clearly well loved by all involved with it.
Bruce Roberts, our local WIN Television newsreader and school friend of the third generation of the Haymes family, was on hand to MC the afternoon.
Catherine King MP also made a brief but welcome appearance to congratulate the company.
David Haymes, who retired from full-time work at the company in 2009 but still remains active within the business, was instrumental in the creation of the book, having had first hand experience of the company for around 50 years. David spoke at the launch and was on hand afterwards to sign copies of the book for guests.