Viv started as a watchmaker, then carpenter, then building contractor. He has worked on many large constructions in South Australia - Loveday International Camp near Barmera; Barmera picture theatre; Loxton Area School; Mount Bold Reservoir near Echunga; Housing Trust at Mt Compass, Mannum and Victor Harbor.
In 1973 during Viv's early retirement he helped construct one of the largest paddle-wheelers ever to ply the Murray River, the 'Murray River Queen'. (ref p84 in Rachel's section in the McDonald family history)
HS BURTT in loving memory of Robert Vivian husband of Daphne Miriam died 3rd November 1991 aged 80 years. Daphne Miriam wife of Robert Vivian Died 16th July 1993 aged 81 years. loved father and mother of Kay Colin Howard
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