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PETER FARRER

Lecturer

I completed my RMIT Industrial Design course in 1978 and worked for a number of years for Wiltshire Staysharp and Mistral Fans designing various products.

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Much of the concept and development work in the earlier years, before rapid prototyping also involved the construction of various functional and aesthetic models so model making was an important part of most Industrial Designers repertoire

From the early 1980’s to around 2005 I worked as a freelance designer for many Industries developing and building products ranging from Swimming pool cleaners to labelling machines and constructing models and prototypes for various companies and organisations, including Monash University.

I began lecturing in Modelmaking at Monash, or CIT as it was then, in 1989 when an Industrial Design course was first setup and have continued to the present day.

Whilst Designing and Modelmaking is my career, it often encroaches and to a degree is inter-twined with my love of workshops and Four Wheel Drive vehicles.

My passion for Steyr Puch Haflingers and Pinzgauers (Austrian built 4X4 and 6X6’s) which started back when I was a student at RMIT has endured over the years to a point where I now own two Haflingers and three Pinzgauers, as well as my Range Rover.

One of my initial restoration projects back in the 70’s was my Haflinger, and then I spent 13 years rebuilding my first Pinzgauer. Recently I began another restoration which began with a trip to Malaysia to collect the ex Military vehicle and partly strip it for shipment to Australia.

Additional to my design work, modelmaking and vehicle restoration, I also completed a Master’s of Design in 2011. I remember to this very day when I first applied to do a Masters, Associate Professor Arthur DeBono said choose a subject/project that you are passionate about, so naturally mine had to incorporate Four Wheel Drive vehicles in some way. My Thesis involved vehicles suitable for agricultural and road use.

I’ve had a good career designing, developing and “building” a variety of products and have been lucky enough that the skills and techniques I’ve learnt and mastered have been useful in my hobbies and passions.

Peter Farrer, Lecturer
The vehicle in loading format in “farm” / agricultural mode
2011

A pivotal feature of the design of the vehicle is that it can transform into various modes that maximise the requirements and specifications of the work environment.

(ie. In road mode the vehicle transforms to an enclosed form and the occupants seats move behind the front axle for safety reasons and it lowers for stability and safety etc.)

Peter Farrer, Lecturer
The vehicle in “farm” / agricultural mode
2011

A pivotal feature of the design of the vehicle is that it can transform into various modes that maximise the requirements and specifications of the work environment.

(ie. In road mode the vehicle transforms to an enclosed form and the occupants seats move behind the front axle for safety reasons and it lowers for stability and safety etc.)

Peter Farrer, Lecturer
Models of the “three” transformed modes of the vehicle
2011

A pivotal feature of the design of the vehicle is that it can transform into various modes that maximise the requirements and specifications of the work environment.

(ie. In road mode the vehicle transforms to an enclosed form and the occupants seats move behind the front axle for safety reasons and it lowers for stability and safety etc.)

Peter Farrer, Lecturer
The vehicle in “road” mode
2011

A pivotal feature of the design of the vehicle is that it can transform into various modes that maximise the requirements and specifications of the work environment.

(ie. In road mode the vehicle transforms to an enclosed form and the occupants seats move behind the front axle for safety reasons and it lowers for stability and safety etc.)

Peter Farrer, Lecturer
Pinzgauer, as purchased in Malaysia

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