Conrad Francis Rogers was born 18 November, 1933 in Adelaide to Dorothy Rogers (nee Kelly) and William (Bill) Rogers. During the Depression, families were on the move all the time. The last four years were at St. Monica’s, Walkerville. Con finished school at Nailsworth Tech. completing 3rd Year. He applied to the Government Printer in 1950 for a Composing apprenticeship, but no vacancies were available. He was apprenticed to Eric J. Ames in Adelaide as a Letterpress Machinist. In 1960 and after 11 years with Eric, he moved on to Specialty Printers, as a machinist. After a short time he was promoted to Leading hand and then later to Foreman. During this period Con had gone from letterpress to small offset and then large offset and had trained a lot of apprentices including Chris Candlett, John Fletcher and others. In mid 1973 he finally arrived at the Old Guv as a printer in the small offset room. Barry Cagney was leading hand with a team consisting of Barry O’Donnell, “Running Ron”, John Cronin, Eric Swann and John Whittaker.
Married in 1957 to Elizabeth (Norma) Bullard at Sacred Heart Church, Hindmarsh. They have three daughters, Debra, Vicki, and Jennifer and five granddaughters, one grandson and three great grandsons. Con was called up for National Service in 1952 and trained at Woodside with 13 Field Regiment. Passed officer training in 1957 but stayed on as a Sergeant, retiring from the army in 1961 due to work and family. At the Gov in 1973, he went from small to large offset, became leading hand and was selected for the Log Cabin. Whilst there he designed a number systems for the Motor Vehicles Dept. His last project was the purchase of the Ultra Violet 5 Colour Heidelberg. Working with Reg Hartshorne he was heavily involved in the development of the Document Printing Units. His mentor was Tony Fitzsimmons. With the closure of the “Log Cabin” he was offered the Warehouse Manager’s position and for the last few years worked closely with Roger Francis and Marianne Hunn. He also had the good fortune to work with Mike Burnett and Sam Sly. In retirement Norma and Con had a world trip in the first year and have spent many years travelling the Flinders Ranges and beyond. Their main task however, revolved around their grandchildren, with three girls all working full time, baby sitting became full on. Taking them to and from school and watching the feeding frenzy was always an enjoyable time. Over the years the camaraderie of working with so many great people was a real highlight. Remembering back to heated discussions with Ari von Straalen (more yellow, more yellow), Bert Cotton (hey Bert, that’s my letter not the Gov’s). Who can forget Barry Cagney, ‘Wingy’, Lew Morrison, Harry Urqhart, Porks, Paul Raby, Akbar, Mort, Brownie, Jack Bell, Alex (the Toff) and Brian (Grubby) Hartshorne and of course Don (the Flash) Woolman. I also have fond memories of the likes of big Dennis Grover and his side kick Kevin “Dago” Stack-Neale and the hyphenated Dean Vickery-Howe.
Conrad Rogers you indeed a Great and Worthy Legend.