Henry Pamula

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Henry Pamula was born in 1948 three years after World War II in Coburg Germany of Polish parents who were forced labours in Nazi Germany. He almost died when two and after recovering was eventually allowed to migrate to Australia in 1950 with his parents and older brother.

He grew up in suburban Adelaide living initially in Wingfield and later at Athol Park. His earliest memories of woodworking were as a young boy making soapbox carts out of scraps of wood and other necessary material that was salvaged at a local tip.

His real interest in the arts and crafts came many years later. It was in his early years of high school where he quickly took a liking to woodwork, metalwork and technical drawing, and it was there that he acquired a real enthusiasm of working with wood.

His passion for wood he attributes to his craft teachers. They taught him basic skills, and above all they passed on their love of working with wood.

Henry Pamula’s working career began by training as a craft teacher, graduating from Western Teachers with a Diploma in Teaching (Boys Craft) in 1969. He was then drafted into the army for two years, which included a tour of Vietnam. After finishing National Service he returned to study and completed an Advanced Diploma in Teaching (Boys Craft) in 1972.

He began his teaching career in 1973 and ended it thirty-three years later. He taught at three different government high schools, his last appointment was as Co-ordinator of Design and Technology, a position that he held for seven years.

His garage at home is his studio and he is an active member of Northern Turners Adelaide.


Merit Award: Timber Working With Wood Show Adelaide 2007.

Merit Award: Timber Working With Wood Show Adelaide 2008.

First Prize: Carving Award: The Orbost Australian Wood Design Exhibition 2008.

Photo Exhibit: The Australian Wood Review Issue 62 2009.

First Prize and Best Judged Entry: Tumut Woodworking Exhibition 2009.

Photo Exhibit/Article: The Australian Woodworker August 2009.

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