FRUIT MAN: Austin Phipps has hung up his apron after over 40 years of service to the Chinchilla community.



Photo Emma Heron / Chinchilla News
FRUIT MAN: Austin Phipps has hung up his apron after over 40 years of service to the Chinchilla community. Photo Emma Heron / Chinchilla News Emma Heron

Chinchilla's friendliest grocer

AUSTIN Phipps, 92, has been a proud member of the Chinchilla community for most of his life.

Most people would recognise his face as the friendly greengrocer, after running a delivery route in town for 42 years.

LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON: Austin Phipps followed in the footsteps of his father, Sid (pictured inside the frame) and became one of Chinchilla's most well known greengrocers.
LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON: Austin Phipps followed in the footsteps of his father, Sid (pictured inside the frame) and became one of Chinchilla's most well known greengrocers. Kate McCormack

"My father gave me a job as the back store boy at Hunters when I was 14 and when I turned 18 we decided to start our own grocery store together, Phipps and Son, just down from what has since become Mitre 10,” Mr Phipps said.

"It was great running a business back in those days, everyone shopped local and supported local business.”

"My father was diagnosed with infantile paralysis, or what is now known as polio, when he was 14.

"They didn't know what to do with him for a trade, they thought he'd only be fit to be a tailor but he didn't like that.

"He said 'I'll be a grocer' and that was how we got started,” he said.

After living in Chinchilla for more than 70 years, Mr Phipps said it was marvellous where life can take you.

"I didn't imagine I'd be here in my 90s having lived the life I have.

"I certainly didn't imagine I'd live to see the old railway quarters turned into the botanical gardens.

"Nothing stays the same, every day I see changes being made.”


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