Rob De Groot with the office stamps awaiting a stamp collector.
Rob De Groot with the office stamps awaiting a stamp collector. BRUCE THOMAS

Stamp out a mystery

FOR the folks at a local engineering company, ‘the stamp man’ remains as enigmatic as he was exuberant and enthusiastic.

You may have encountered ‘the stamp man’ on one of his routine collections around town gathering stamps for a certain charity or cause.

A local, Teresa Hutchinson, recalls the always jubilant 70-something-year-old man coming into the De Groot and Benson Pty Ltd office on Harbour Dr every six weeks or so. She said that staff would save as many stamps as possible in anticipation of his cheery visit.

“He was severely crippled from a car accident and could barely walk but would come in like a breath of fresh air,” Ms Hutchinson said. “He was a bubbly person, full of jokes and his character shone out from him.”

Ms Hutchinson said she had no idea what or who he was collecting the stamps for.

She does, however, recall seeing a death notice for ‘stamp man’ last year and says she has “continued saving stamps just in case a replacement ‘stamp man’ (or woman) appears. To date no one has turned up in his place and I want to know if it is worth keeping the stamps but have no idea which charity he was assisting.”

Ms Hutchinson contacted the Advocate in hope of finding out ‘the stamp man’s’ cause.

A trawl through Advocate archives reveals this death notice: ‘Owen Grafton Secombe ‘the stamp man’ 13.11.1937 – 11.9.2010’.

If you have any clues as to who ‘the stamp man’ was collecting for please email gemima.harvey@coffscoastadvocate.com.au



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