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Retired children’s courthouse officer honored

Wayne heidrich

A guard of honor made up of police, boy scouts and community representatives reflected the community’s admiration and respect for retired Childers Court House officer Bob Edmiston.

It was a pleasant surprise for the former court clerk and longtime director of TMR Childers as he turned the key to lock the courthouse last Friday for one last time.

Although Bob’s 23-year tenure at the courthouse has come to an end, locals were determined to make his last day on the job a memorable one.

A large contingent of Childers Police, members of Bob’s beloved Childers Scouts group and friends of the community who just wanted to wish him good luck left a lasting memory as they lined the path from the steps of the palace of justice to applaud his exit.

Although his professional career spanned almost 45 years, most of the time was spent in Childers where he settled with his wife Sandra and children.

“We liked Childers and decided to stay until the kids finished their education.”

Bob’s professional life started in St George and this was followed by moves to Caloundra and Barcaldine.

“Initially, I considered accounting as a profession, but I am more than satisfied with the career I had with the Department of Justice and finally with TMR as manager of their services at Childers,” he said. -he declares.

While large population centers may be outfitted with more large courthouses than Bob experienced in Childers, he would not have done so otherwise.

“The building was constructed in 1897 and although there have been additions over the years the building is still pretty much the original structure.

Childers Court House built in 1897

The courthouse is adjacent to the heritage listed post office and the old QATB (ambulance) buildings to the left and right, while across the highway is a series of heritage listed buildings.

“I feed on history and admire this building as it is. Many important businesses of this community have been entered into here.

“As times have changed in the justice system, Bob is not sure that modernization has necessarily produced savings in time management.

“I lived 750 meters from the courthouse. I could leave the house at 8:50 am and open the office at 9:00 am. Now it takes me 15 minutes to boot the computer systems, ”he said with a laugh.

Bob never experienced any major incidents during his tenure as clerk of the court.

“I have always strived to respect the tried and true adage that you treat people the way you would like them to treat you.

“I certainly saw figures coming and going through the doors of the courthouses where I served.

“When I left Barcaldine, there was a guy waiting to appear before the examining magistrate. He had just found out that I was leaving and was worried that he had nothing to give me as a farewell gift, ”said Bob.

“I told him it wasn’t necessary, but he looked me up and down and commented that we were both of the same size.

“He took off a braided belt, which he had made by hand, and presented it to me.

“I told him that he could not appear before the magistrate without a belt. He just smirked and said it would help and the magistrate might show a little pity if he thought he couldn’t afford a belt.

“I still have the belt to this day.”

A man with the community at heart

Children’s policing officer Sergeant Geoff Fay said the community was losing a valuable asset with the retirement of Bob Edmiston.

“You won’t find anyone who would say bad things about Bob,” said Sergeant Fay.

“He worked here in the heart of the community and there is no doubt that he cared about the community.

“Legal proceedings can be confusing for many people, but Bob always freely gave all the advice they asked for and regularly referred people to the right areas where they could get the professional advice they needed. “

Sergeant Fay said young people in the community have benefited from Bob’s involvement with the local Scout group as a leader.

“The general consensus is that the local Boy Scouts may not have survived without Bob’s persistence and effort.”

According to Bob, he became interested in the scout movement in Barcaldine and he was happy to continue this involvement in Childers.

“Young people get a lot out of Boy Scouts,” said Bob.

“It’s not just the friendships, leadership and skills that they develop, but I think it gave them a certain degree of independence.

“They are learning that they can do things they probably would never have attempted normally.”

Bob and Sandra, who share a love of hiking and the natural environment, plan to travel in the coming months.

“We intend to stay in Childers and continue to take advantage of all the district has to offer,” said Bob.

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