Rob Powell was born at Semaphore on 2 January,1943 to parents Horrie and Del Powell. Horrie who was a required worker during WWII played footy at full back for West Adelaide and South Australia and was a life member of the SANFL.
Rob attended Grange Primary School, Findon High School and the Printing Trades School during his Composing apprenticeship at Bowden Printing. After Bowden’s he moved to Mitchell Press in the City and then to Bird Printers at Port Adelaide.
In 1966, Rob, along with his three brothers went to Darwin and he spent the next four years at the Northern Territory Government Printing Office.
Arriving back in Adelaide he had a short time at G.W. Robinson before being interviewed by George Sparnon for a Jobbing Composing position at the Old Guv.
At Netley, Rob worked in Jobbing, Monotype Keyboard and the Reading Room and like many others before him was told to “slow down” by the print Mafia.
He managed to get involved with the Office Association and the Social Club. Also, he organised a strange train trip to the Barossa Valley, but had much more success with the Kids Christmas parties, Netley Cabarets and Office Picnics.
Rob and an unknown person took up bootlegging with Hamilton Winery and they passed off White Diamond Rum and other cheap spirits as Bacardi and Johnnie Walker at the Cabarets. Good times were shared.
In fitter days he played amateur footy for Henley Footy Club where he was known as “Gus” and umpired in Adelaide and Darwin.
Rob and Wendy have two children, Jayne in Cairns and Ben in Canberra. After ten years at the Guv he and Wendy had another short stint in Darwin and then 20 enjoyable years in Canberra with Rob working in Government Publications.
Rob and Wendy have been back in Adelaide for the past 13 years and do “Meals on Wheels” and like most rich people have had some enjoyable world cruises.
Rob’s good memories of the Guv was the skylarking and shop for banter which took place daily.
The Powell’s one claim to fame was when Wendy,who was an important public servant in Canberra was shoved into shaking the hand of the then Prime Minister little Johnnie Howard. Sadly, a True Story.