Duck Inn and say g’day to Pam
Before she becomes a grey nomad
MONTO’S iconic Duck Inn Store is where you will find Pam Toms most of the time.
But you might need to make an appointment as she is usually run off her feet.
Born in Eidsvold and educated in Monto, Pam envisages herself being a grey nomad.
She spent most of her adult life travelling Australia’s eastern seaboard from Cairns in the north to Leeton in the south before returning to her hometown at Monto and purchasing the Duck Inn.
Pam has now owned and run the Duck Inn for 14 years.
She started working at her parent’s Ampol service station in Monto (now Choice) when she was 15.
This stint was followed by work as a barmaid at Monto’s Royal Hotel under Mrs Buckby, who had held the licence for 60 years.
The Royal Hotel has since burnt down.
“(These opportunities) taught me the qualities of how to work properly, like turning up on time and relating well to customers,” Pam said.
She said she saw the value in an honest day’s work and enjoyed every day at her office.
But she would like more time to spend with her family, including her three children, 10 grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
“The Duck Inn has brought me satisfaction,” she said.
“I have met a lot of nice people but I am looking forward to retirement and spending quality time with my beloved family.
“Hardwork has never killed anyone but stress will, so you always need to stay positive.
“You never stop learning about life but when you are young you work for the dollars rather than learning.”
Pam is proud of her store and her town and likes the personal touch she has given the Duck Inn from being just a corner store to now having DVDs, a BYO dining room and a taxi service.
She maintains a positive outlook on the town but the changes she has seen in her life reminds her how much more prosperous it could be.
“There used to be a picture theatre six nights aweek, four car yards, and timber and dairy industries.
“Now it is all gone,” she said. “It is a great town but it needs something to keep people in it.
“Hopefully, with the Deputy Premier being a Monto local, he could make something big happen in the town.”
MONTO ICON: The Duck Inn has brought satisfaction to Pam Toms.