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.
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