Don on holidays, checking out rust.

It is with great sadness that we share the news of the recent passing of Don Bartlett, a friend, a respected Member of our community and staunch coatings stalwart, at the age of 80. 

Don was an expert in the fields of paint technology, anti-corrosive coatings, corrosion mitigation and materials of construction generally and his work is well known to many of his erstwhile colleagues.

Don began his work as a chemist, first gaining an Associate Diploma in Applied Chemistry in 1961 and later adding a Chemistry Diploma and a Fellowship in Chemical Engineering. He started his working life at the State Electricity Commission, followed by the Melbourne Metropolitan Board of Works, and later became the Principal Materials Scientist at the Commonwealth Government’s Scientific Services Laboratory. 

Don was a strong presence in the Australasian Corrosion Association, particularly the Melbourne Branch, and was the inaugural Chairman of the ACA’s Protective Coatings Technical Group (PCTG). In 2009, he was awarded the ACA’s prestigious Victor Nightingall Award for his long service to the industry.

From 1998 until his retirement in 2013, Don was CTI’s Victorian Manager, sharing his wide expertise in the appraisal, selection, testing, QA and failure investigation of a diverse range of building materials and products.

We offer our sincere condolence to Helen and all of Don’s family and friends.

(A message from Fred, Carol and Bill, shared by all of us from the ACA)

A Thanksgiving Service will be held at Manningham Uniting Church, Wood Street, Templestowe, at 10:30am Friday 24th February, with livestream options →


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