IT’S WORLD POST DAY AND LO­CALS JANET AND PETER AN­DER­SON ARE READY TO CEL­E­BRATE

Isis Town and Country - - Front Page - By LEAH KIDD

IT IS World Post Day to­day and the Childers Post Of­fice has a lot to cel­e­brate.

The Univer­sal Postal Union web­site lists the pur­pose of World Post Day as cre­at­ing aware­ness of the role of the postal sec­tor in the every­day lives of com­mu­ni­ties and busi­nesses and the con­tri­bu­tion post has made to the so­cial and eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment of coun­tries.

Janet and Peter An­der­son have owned the Childers post of­fice for more than 20 years after be­ing the first fran­chisee to pur­chase it from Aus­tralia Post.

The post of­fice has a lot of mean­ing to the An­der­son fam­ily and while they didn’t know it at the time, Aus­tralia Post doc­u­ments re­vealed Mr An­der­son is re­lated to the first post­mas­ter in Childers, Mr W. Beale.

Mr Beale’s son mar­ried Mr An­der­son’s great aunt.

Doc­u­ments given to the An­der­son fam­ily upon their pur­chase of the post of­fice show Mr Beale ran the Childers Post Of­fice from its open­ing on Novem­ber 20, 1887, and was paid 6 pounds ($12) a year which was in­creased to 12 pounds in 1888.

He re­mained the post­mas­ter un­til 1890 when he handed the reins over to Lewis Thomas.

But three years later, the post of­fice was forced to close.

Aus­tralia Post records in­di­cate the clo­sure was due to ei­ther a lack of business or lack of re­place­ment post master.

One year later, in 1894, the post of­fice was re­opened with Mr D. H. Robin­son ap­pointed as the new post­mas­ter.

Some 100 years later, the An­der­son fam­ily took on the post of­fice, mov­ing from

Janet An­der­son of Childers Post Of­fice ... it’s been fan­tas­tic for our fam­ily.

Toowoomba to Childers to run the business.

Mrs An­der­son said she and hus­band Peter were look­ing to raise a fam­ily in a ru­ral com­mu­nity and saw the post of­fice came up for ten­der.

At the time, Mrs An­der­son was an ac­coun­tant and Peter was an elec­tri­cian.

“We liked Childers and Peter’s from Childers, he was born and bred here – although we weren’t liv­ing here at the time,” she said.

Mrs An­der­son said they knew they could do more with the post of­fice and trans­formed it to in­cor­po­rate a gift shop.

She said it was re­ally good own­ing the post shop while rais­ing their fam­ily.

“But there’s still that sense of, you own it but you don’t re­ally be­cause there’s still that sense of own­er­ship by the peo­ple be­cause Aus­tralia Post is pub­licly owned,” she said.

“But it’s been great, it’s been fan­tas­tic for our fam­ily.”

Mrs An­der­son said they worked from 6am un­til 5pm.

“That’s pretty good for a small business,” she said.

With their two girls now get­ting older and two years spent in the post shop, Mrs An­der­son said they were con­sid­er­ing their op­tions.

“I think we’ll prob­a­bly hang onto it for a bit longer yet,” she said.

PHOTO: MIKE KNOTT BUN031014POST1

CEL­E­BRAT­ING: Childers Post Of­fice own­ers Janet and Peter An­der­son.

The Childers Post Of­fice in days gone by.

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