Local larrikin who made it to the top
Telegram boy became manager
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.”
BOB FINCH: A man who called Eidsvold home came back after a lifetime of work and adventure.