CIA Vic acknowledges the sad passing of two passionate contributors.
Caravan Industry Association Victoria acknowledges the sad passing of two passionate contributors to the Caravan Industry – David Hams and Gerald Anderson.
It is with great sadness that the Caravan Industry Association Victoria acknowledges
the passing of both David Hams and Gerald Anderson. Both were passionate and
engaging contributors to the Caravan Industry and well respected by those who knew
David Hams was part of the ‘Hams Family’ who after seeing a caravan complex in the United States that housed multiple dealers, established Caravan City in Croydon which grew to include 10-12 dealers with between 1,200 to 1,500 caravans on site at any given time. In the early 1970’s David joined the family in the Millard dealership and then in the late 1980’s began working at Premier Caravans in Campbellfield before commencing his own caravan hire business including building caravans for hire in the early 1990’s. David’s whole family was involved in the caravan industry and his career alone covered three decades.
Robert Lucas, Chief Executive Officer of the Caravan Industry Association Victoria, said ‘The Hams family are well known for establishing Caravan City and many of our industry pioneers remember David fondly for his contribution to the industry and friendship to fellow industry members.’
Gerald Anderson started out as a motor mechanic trade instructor until Tom Harding
recruited him to become involved in the caravan industry approximately 25 years ago. Since that time Gerald has been a great role model for caravanners, a creative and forward-thinking educator who was extremely well liked by all who meet him. In the early days, Gerald assisted Tom and the industry in the promotion of ‘safety on the road’ through the Safari Outback tours and in later years even lead tours. He was a great advocate for the industry and was a regular at our shows right up until this year’s Melbourne Leisurefest where he was working on the Hardings Swift Caravan Services stand.
Robert Lucas, Chief Executive Officer of the Caravan Industry Association Victoria, stated ‘It is passionate advocates like Gerald who continue to strengthen and improve this industry – he was always willing to listen to his fellow caravanners and assist where required.
Both David and Gerald will be sadly missed by the Industry, the Association and its
members and anyone who had the privilege to know them.”