Like father, like son

Postie Noel Kitch­ener Sr has re­tired but St Clair res­i­dents won’t no­tice much of a change with Noel Jr tak­ing up his father’s old de­liv­ery round.

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - FRONT PAGE - Marissa Ge­or­gopou­los

ADORED St Clair postie Noel Kitch­ener is en­joy­ing his re­tire­ment and feels proud ev­ery day of the “le­gacy” he has be­queathed to his former patch – his son.

When plan­ning his re­tire­ment, the Cam­bridge Park res­i­dent sug­gested his youngest child, also Noel and the long­stand­ing Old Mt Druitt post­man, take up his round of nine years. “His job was go­ing to be changed to a push­bike beat and I said, ‘Jump onto this one be­cause it’s a good beat’,” Mr Kitch­ener Sr, 65, said.

“I said, ‘(the res­i­dents) are nice peo­ple’, and that was the main thing.”

Mr Kitch­ener Jr now cov­ers the 950 de­liv­ery points, from Macarthur Drive to Time sweep Drive, in­clud­ing schools and the perime­ter of the shop­ping cen­tre.

While he does miss his old beat of 18 years, Mr Kitch- ener Jr said it had “been fun” meet­ing the lo­cals.

“A lot of peo­ple ask, ‘where’s Noel gone?’, and I al­ways say, ‘you’ve still got a Noel here’,” he said.

“I’m start­ing to get to know the peo­ple who used to come out and talk to Dad.

“I have to keep up the rep­u­ta­tion of be­ing a good postie.”

The Kitch­en­ers joined Aus­tralia Post through an Abo­rig­i­nal re­cruit­ment drive in 1995.

Mr Kitch­ener Sr said he men­tored son “Noelly”, who was just 16 at the time.

The father of three said he wouldn’t miss the rain, the heat or, more im­por­tantly, St Clair’s mag­pies. “I left him heaps,” Mr Kitch­ener Sr said with a chuckle. “I got pecked all the time; some of them are vi­cious.”

He said he loved sleep­ing in and, as Poppy, he was prepar­ing to look af­ter Mr Kitch­ener Jr’s baby.

I’m start­ing to get to know peo­ple who used to come out and talk to Dad – Noel Kitch­ener Jr

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