A taste of the good life

Dubbo Photo News - - Happy Birthday - By YVETTE AUBUSSON-FO­LEY

z 1918 Fran­cis Oswald ‘Ossie’ Steven­son starts to learn the bak­ing trade at Tooraweenah

z 1923 Fran­cis moves to Dubbo and opens Steven­son’s Bak­ery on Mac­quarie Street

z 1933 Fran­cis moves Steven­son’s Bak­ery to Tal­bra­gar Street

z 1944 Fran­cis sells bak­ery to his chil­dren, Robert and Au­drey, and her hus­band Jack Goss

z 1947 Au­drey and Jack buy out Robert’s share and trade un­der J.E. and A.L. Goss (com­monly known as Goss’s Bak­ery). Au­drey’s broth­ers Doug and John Steven­son work in the busi­ness

z 1960 John Steven­son falls in love with Christina Kosseris, daugh­ter of another Dubbo baker, Nick Kosseris

z 1965 John and Christina marry and have three sons – Bill, Robert and John.

z 1982, Jan­uary 2 – Bill, Robert and John’s grand­fa­ther Nick Kosseris, passes away

z 1982, De­cem­ber 26 – Bill, Robert and John’s fa­ther John Steven­son passes away (Bill is 16, Robert is 15 and John is 10)

z 1983 Bill Steven­son wins 1st & 2nd Year Ap­pren­tice Award at Manil­dra Bread Show

z 1990 Bill, Robert and John and their wives Carol, Wendy and Kelly pur­chase Vil­lage Hot Bake, Dubbo

z 1992 Sup­plied prod­ucts to Queen El­iz­a­beth II and en­tourage for lun­cheon on visit in 1992

z 1998 Open the city’s first bak­ery café

z 1999 Part of Dubbo’s 150 years cel­e­bra­tion pa­rade

z 2001 Ear­lyrise Bak­ing Com­pany to split re­tail and whole­sale busi­nesses

z 2003 Win Great Aussie Meat Pie com­pe­ti­tion

z 2005 First bak­ery to win Great Aussie Meat Pie com­pe­ti­tion twice z 1998 Gold Rhino Vil­lage Bak­ery Cafe

z 2003 Over­all Cham­pion – Na­tional Great Aussie Meat Pie Com­pe­ti­tion

z 2005 Over­all Cham­pion – Na­tional Great Aussie Meat Pie Com­pe­ti­tion

z 2007 Win­ner “That’s Life” In­au­gu­ral Great Aussie Pie Con­test – cus­tomer choice

z 2008 Sup­plied prod­ucts to Big Brother House when Pamela An­der­son was star­ring

z 2011 TAFE Ap­pren­tice of the Year awards – Mark Ba­teup

z 2012 TAFE Ap­pren­tice of the Year awards – Tim Maw­bey

z 2013 Gold Rhino Dubbo’s most out­stand­ing busi­ness Ear­lyrise Bak­ing Co

z 2013 Rhino Awards Em­ployee of the Year – Bradley Wil­shire

z 2013 Rhino Awards Ap­pren­tice of the Year – Rowan Barnes

z 2013 Rhino Awards Ex­cel­lence in Prod­uct and Ser­vice

z 2013 Rhino Awards Em­ployer of Choice

z 2014 NSW Busi­ness Cham­ber Em­ployer of Choice – Ear­lyrise Bak­ing Co.

z 2014 TAFE Ap­pren­tice of the Year awards – Rowan Barnes

z 2015 Of­fice of En­vi­ron­ment and Her­itage Award for Sus­tain­abil­ity (En­ergy Pro­duc­tiv­ity in Ac­tion)

z 2018 Emile Serisier Roll of Hon­our Award, Dubbo Rhi­nos

z 1994 to present Won more than 200 na­tional awards

z 1991-1995 John Steven­son won sev­eral Sydney In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy Awards for Bread Manufacturing

z Also over the years they’ve hosted Chan­nel 7’s “Sun­rise” break­fast show, and also hosted Tim Bai­ley on Chan­nel 10 Weather WHEN Ear­lyrise Bak­ing Com­pany pro­duc­tion man­ager Brad Wil­shire was 15, he was get­ting into a lot of trou­ble at school.

“I walked out the back of Dubbo High one day and across Vic­to­ria Park onto Tal­bra­gar Street and I saw the Vil­lage Hot Bake sign and told my­self I was go­ing to get a job there. I went in and saw Bill Steven­son and he said, ‘You start tonight at 12 o’clock’,” Brad told Dubbo Photo News.

"I sliced bread for a few days and they of­fered me an ap­pren­tice­ship. I have never looked back."

Just about ev­ery job at Ear­lyrise Bak­ing Com­pany is a roll-up-yoursleeves po­si­tion and work­ing his way up in the com­pany from ap­pren­tice to Pro­duc­tion Man­ager has re­warded Brad in many ways.

“I’ve made a lot of life-long friends. I like the teams and the team en­ergy. I re­ally get a lot out of that. We face some big days, weeks, even months and you get to the end of that, sit down to­gether and you think to your­self, wow, we just did that.

“You get out of it what you put in though. It is hard work. It’s a fast-mov­ing con­sum­able prod­uct so it’s not easy, but it’s very re­ward­ing,” Brad said.

In a pro­duc­tion line that’s putting out thou­sands of prod­ucts an hour, such as 400 pies ev­ery 15 min­utes out of seven ovens, or mon­i­tor­ing the slic­ing of 75 loaves of bread a minute, his job keeps him on his toes.

“There’s al­ways chal­lenges. We al­ways try to be pos­i­tive and look for so­lu­tions. That’s the name of the game. If you let things that are go­ing wrong get on top of you, you’re in trou­ble.”

Walk­ing away from trou­ble as a 15-year-old set him on a path to suc­cess and Brad is sure it was meant to be.

“I spent some time in Trangie when MER­RICK

I was a young kid and we lived next door to Henry’s Hot Bake, so I used to kick around with their son a bit, and I’d see in­side the bak­ery and it in­trigued me back then.

“As I grew up, my grand­mother, Beryl Wil­shire, ran a smoko van. She was very well known, and she was sup­plied from Goss’s Bak­ery and then later on from Vil­lage Hot Bake, so on school hol­i­days, I’d be do­ing the smoko with my grand­mother and

I’d see the bak­ery and all the baked prod­ucts.

“I never re­ally for­got it, so for des­tiny to lead me across the park that day, and see the bak­ery and tell my­self I’m go­ing to get a job there; I get a buzz out of that.

“I’m proud of my achieve­ments. I’ve won some awards along the way. The com­pany has won many awards. It seems it just keeps tick­ing boxes and it’s on­wards and up­wards. It’s a great feel­ing to be part of that team,” he said.

Vil­lage Bak­ery pro­duc­tion man­ager Brad Wil­shire. PHOTO: WENDY

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