Name: Neil Hammerton (Alison)
Business address: 98 Langtree Avenue, Mildura
Open since: Open in current location June 2003
Creating customised and individual gifts and momentos has been a lifelong trade for Neil Hammerton. The owner of Hammerton Engraving was trained in the art of engraving by his father when he was 17 years old, and has continued the family tradition to this day. Engraving was previously connected with Hammerton’s Jewellers, but separated into its own business in 1982 and Hammerton Engraving has operated from its current Langtree Avenue site since 2003. Neil says he is the fifth generation to have been trained in engraving and takes great pride in his work.“I was trained by my father, in the engraving skills from his father, and then I have expanded into computer engraving,” he says.“The computers make it easy to engrave glass, metal and plastics.”Neil says much of the engraving is on glassware and jewellery for 18th and 21st birthdays.
As well as engraving gifts like pewter mugs and jewellery boxes, the business also makes name badges, plates for electricians and stainless steel for manufacturing industries both in Mildura and away.Each year for the past 30 years, Neil has taken on the responsibility of creating the McLeod Medal, which is awarded to the Sunraysia Football Netball League’s best and fairest.“It starts with ordering in a sheet of gold then, using the design made by my father, I make the medal,” he says.“There’s pressure – it’s precious metal, so you can’t make a mistake.”
Hammerton Engraving offers old fashioned service, staff who know their product, complimentary smiles, and a gift wrapped and ready to give.The store stocks well-loved brands including Willow, Bohemia, Royal Doulton, Royal Selangor, and Sheaffer, so gifts for babies, 21st birthdays or farewells are covered, as well as gifts for Star Wars or cartoon fans.
Why did you choose Mildura City Heart?
“We like to offer an individual service, opening times and low rent, which you can’t do in a big complex. Also we are outdoors folk, so we like to see the sun and fresh air, and the walk from car to shop is so much shorter.”
What is Mildura/Mildura City Heart’s best kept secret?
“A great oasis in the desert, with a great climate and shopping.”What does shopping local mean to you?“Jobs for our kids, and not just as parcel delivery people.”
What does shopping local mean to you?
“Jobs for our kids, and not just as parcel delivery people.”