The current Robe Post Office location will turn 50 on Monday August 20.
Current postmasters Corey and Trish Yeo will be having cake on Wednesday, and are inviting the community to come down and join them to celebrate.
Trish explained to the Leader why she initially wanted to run the post office when she first bought the business it in 2012.
“With my history in banking and customer service it felt like a natural transition when the bank was winding down here, and Peter and Clare Delaine had mentioned retirement was imminent, so it was a great way to keep up with services to the town and similar to what I’ve been doing all my life.”
Trish described what she has found most enjoyable and rewarding about running the post office on a day to day basis.
“The most fulfilling part is helping our customers out,” Trish said. “The parcel system is evolving and Australia Post is working on ways to help increase the longevity of postal service in Australia and keeping all of the postal services in smaller towns.”
Trish outlined a couple of the roles she fills as postmaster and explained the most important roles within the post office.
“We do a bit of detective work, finding homes for all of the mail that comes in people that have left town ages ago and people with different names and just working out whose mail belongs where,” Trish said. “Making connections, in this day and age with everything linked to technology and with our aged society, it is really important for us help people transition through to that era, or maintain where they are so that they can still can still come in here and pay the bills by cheque, get their phone credit and that kind of thing.”
Federal Minister for Health and Member for Barker, Dr A. Forbes declared the new post office open for business in 1968. Over 100 citizens attended the opening, with Dr Forbes going through some historical data concerning postal services at Robe which commenced 120 years beforehand on the site of the present new building, facing Mundy Terrace.
Dr Forbes explained to the citizens the the building was constructed with Mount Gambier freestone, also mentioning that it had a covered area, providing shelter to private letter boxes, posting facilities and public telephones.
The post office was originally handled in 1846 by postmaster at Guichen Bay and sub-collector of customs Berry J. Lipson.
Mr Lipson lived in a temporary wooden building, located on Allotment 7 lent by A. McBurnett. The customs business and the post office were situated beside one another on Mundy Terrace.
Today, the post office in Robe remains busy, selling local products including artwork and clothing as well, creating a sense of diversity within. The Yeos have also renovated the building, making more room for additional products with the “As seen on TV” line proving popular and giving people the chance to browse and have an insight into what some of the people in the community are passionate about.
Trish enjoys their family work environment, and her team, including popular canine identities “Eddie and Bentley", and they are all excited to celebrate the 50 years running with the community in their picturesque location.