Lo­cal lar­rikin who made it to the top

Tele­gram boy be­came man­ager

Central and North Burnett Times - - OVER 50S -

BOB Finch lived in Spring Gully and went to Eidsvold School in the early 1950s.

Bob said it was a plea­sure be­cause the kids in his class were lar­rikins like him.

He said they had time to play games at the school but they loved play­ing sports like foot­ball and ath­let­ics.

“Our dad was the post­mas­ter in Eidsvold so we were des­tined to go into that field,” Paul Finch said.

“Bob and I went to school to­gether and I left first.”

Paul left after Year 8 and went to Mun­dub­bera as a tele­gram boy and Bob, aged 15, went to Monto to do the same.

“I worked my way up in the post of­fice from tele­grams to be the post­man, then right up to be post­mas­ter,” Bob said.

I worked my way up in the post of­fice from tele­grams to be the post­man, then right up to be post­mas­ter

“Then, at the age of 30, I de­cided to go back to school.

“At night, after work, I did my Ju­nior Cer­tifi­cate and then my Se­nior Leav­ing,” he said.

But that wasn’t enough for Bob. He then took on a de­gree at univer­sity and be­fore he hit 40 years old, he had his de­gree in business ad­min­is­tra­tion – and he was on his way.

Mar­ried with four chil­dren at this stage, Bob was ap­pointed act­ing gen­eral man­ager of Aus­tralia Post, Queens­land.

“I was GM of Aus­tralia Post in ev­ery state in Aus­tralia ex­cept NSW,” he said. “Then GM Aus­tralia Post Aus­tralia.

“I’ve had an amaz­ing jour­ney,” he said.

“My el­dest daugh­ter is a lec­turer in phar­ma­col­ogy in the Univer­sity of NSW, another daugh­ter works in child care, and my son used to be the head lec­turer in agri­cul­ture at Tim­ber Top, and my youngest daugh­ter has a de­gree in in­ter­na­tional mar­ket­ing.”

Bob Finch didn’t spend all his time work­ing in Aus­tralia Post. He had in­ter­ests fur­ther afield and with his knowl­edge of the postal sys­tems at home, Bob got a job in Poland.

After the fall of com­mu­nism in Poland, the new gov­ern­ment needed a postal sys­tem, so Bob went and wrote a fool­proof business plan for them.

“I had been trav­el­ling the world in the 1990s as the vice-pres­i­dent ofWorld Squash and I thought Poland would be a good base,” he said.

“I was vice-pres­i­dent of World Squash for seven years, I was on the Aus­tralian ex­ec­u­tive of Aus­tralia Squash for seven years, be­fore I be­came pres­i­dent of Aus­tralia Squash for a fur­ther eight years.

“I now live on the Sun­shine Coast in re­tire­ment and I ride a push­bike around the coast,” he said.

“In fact, I have just com­pleted my sev­enth 600km ride.”

PHOTO: NOEL THOMP­SON

BOB FINCH: A man who called Eidsvold home came back after a lifetime of work and ad­ven­ture.

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