As a diesel engineer for the Country Roads Board and Rustons, then later a sales engineer with Swift MIP, Noyes Bros, International Harvester, Keech Castings, Wearparts, Cutting Edges and his own Featherstone Earthmoving, Richard was a supplier to Boral, Readymix, Pioneer, Mountain View Quarries and Northern Quarries (Kerrs) MMBW and Ford, to name a few.
Richard’s skill and knowledge of ground engaging tools and castings made him welcome on quarry and supplier sites throughout Victoria. He earnt the nickname of “Tricky Dicky” and was a “character” among his industry peers.
He was a member of the Australian Institute of Diesel Engineers and spent some time in Bougainville, Papua New Guinea as a service technician.
His involvement with football (soccer) was life-long – as a coach, manager, mentor, committee member and Victorian Soccer Federation representative.
Richard passed away in July after a long illness. He is survived by his wife Judith, children Michael and Christine, three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
His son Michael Featherstone is a Queensland-based IQA member and a business development manager for mineral processing supplier Multotec.
Post-script – Peter Barro and Alun Mantle
As this issue went to press, industry stalwarts Peter Barro and Alun Mantle passed away. More coverage about these men and their contributions to the industry will appear in Quarry in the new year.