Left to Right: Keith Oxley with Reg Handke at the 2012 Reunion.
Keith Oxley (OKO) was born on 10 July, 1936 in Leeds, Yorkshire to Arthur and Doris Oxley. He lived on a farm in the village of Bramhope with two brothers and one sister. He attended Primary School in Bramhope, then Modern School in Otley, Yorkshire. His first job was as a Bookbinder with William Walker and Sons, Otley, they specialised in producing children’s books (exported to Australia).
He proudly came to Australia as a ten pound Pom leaving the UK in June, 1954, he celebrated his 18th Birthday whilst crossing the Equator. Keith started at the Guv on 20 July, 1954, when Stevenson was GP. Les Hawes was Superintendent and Binding Overseer, Ken Arnold, the Grey Flash.
He met his wife Coralee at the Old Guv and they married in October, 1963 at the Walkerville Methodist Church, Paul Korff was Best Man.They have four girls, ten grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
His main work was Hand Binding with some guillotine work and machine folding in all areas including the Girl’s section with Jack Taylor. Keith was made Leading Hand of the Craft Hand Binding section in March, 1970, this was work that he really enjoyed, especially when it involved working on the Limited Editions produced at Netley. He hated his time in the Planning Section as he was very much a hands on craftsman.
Keith retired from the Guv in October, 1993. His sports achievements are many, Captain of Enfield Harriers, soccer for West Adelaide and a life member of Mawson Lakes Golf Club holding several golfing awards. He is also a very keen fisherman and orchid fancier.
Two of Keith’s grandchildren are blind, Brad and Rachel have excelled at sports. They are both currently training in Cycling for the Rio de Janeiro Para Olympics. Keith and Coralee are very proud of all their grandchildren and great grandchidren.
He and Coralee enjoy travelling, New Zealand, China, Europe and Alaska are just some of the places they have been. Keith enjoyed his time at the Guv from 1954 to 1993 working as a Hand Binding Craftsman.
“A Hand Binder puts a cover over other tradesman’s mistakes”.