After 20 years at The Observer, Carol Fraser retired yesterday.
After 20 years at The Observer, Carol Fraser retired yesterday.

Mrs Fraser will be missed

DON’T call in sick unless you’re in hospital, and always put in 110 per cent or more.

That’s the kind of work ethic Carol Fraser has lived and worked by all her life.

“Well, you’re paid to do a job, aren’t you,” Mrs Fraser said yesterday.

“You can have the worst job to do, but you can take it, and make it your own.”

After 21 years with The Observer, yesterday Mrs Fraser called it a day.

She started when Len Sutherland was the general manager.

And for 21 years she has been the smile and friendly “good morning, how are you today”.

So now, to the future.

Her husband, Lloyd, reckons he might get his dinner on time now.

But seriously, the plan for retirement is to spend more time with Lloyd and the rest of their family – son Todd Fraser, his wife, Kylie, and kids Lachlan, 4, and Morgan, eight weeks, and daughter Lisa, her husband Chris Bell and their daughter, Felicity, five months.

“I just want to be there for the kids and the grandkids. I have no big plans to travel – I’m an armchair traveller,” she said.

Mrs Fraser started at The Observer on May 8, 1989. Fresh from Ipswich, where she had worked for APN sister paper, the Queensland Times, she was put to work in the classifieds department.

“Back then is was all on typewriter – with the carbon and it was a problem if we had to change something.

“I also remember when we would literally cut and paste the pages together and put them in the yellow port to go to Bundaberg or Rockhampton for printing. A lot has changed.”

Mrs Fraser has witnessed some of the biggest changes in media history.

“Everything all of a sudden seemed to change very rapidly,” she said.

“I remember when we would put out a 24-page paper on a Saturday and a 32-page edition was massive.”

Through all the changes, though, one thing was constant – and it’s likely to be what she misses the most – the people.

“That’s been the best part. The people – in the office and the phone friends,” she said.

“But, you know, I’ll just miss coming in every day.”

Well, Carol, all the best.

We’ll miss you too. Heaps!



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