Chris Finley – Behind the Badge





Chris Finley

Chris opened his address with thanks for thoughts and concerns since his wife, Wendy, passed away from Alzheimer’s.
With a focus on how things change—and don’t change—he recalled his earliest memory of being fascinated by a case moth. As a science teacher, his interest in science hasn’t changed. Living in Bundoran Pde he remembers his father using a wet sack to put out a grass fire. That area is now dense housing.

Hours riding bikes with mates, early morning paper rounds, cubs and scouts were highlights of his childhood.
Chris went to Camberwell Grammar School adding gymnastics, athletics, printing and drama to his skills along with being Captain of Games and House Captain. Printing the school newspaper involved roller ink over large plates of individual letter. Printing has changed.
On completing Matric Chris graduated from Melbourne University as a Science Teacher and taught for three years—compulsory but better than HECS—at Ararat High & Tech. At 25 years of age he married Wendy.

Buying a family home meant a mortgage of $14,500 at a fixed rate of 4% which turned out to be a good deal given the 18-19% interest rates of the Whitlam era.
Chris returned to Camberwell Grammar School as a Science teacher for 35 years.

He has three children, Lisa (teacher), David (pilot with Qantas and Emerates) and Kate (animal lover, dog groomer and amateur photographer).

Chris has a heart of gold; he cared for Wendy for some 15 years and volunteers with Fair Share Footscray, soup van kitchen in Collingwood, high rise Richmond building fit out and repair the Shepherds Arms Orphanage and BLAZEAID.

He also runs support sessions with Alzheimer’s Australia for families and friends; organizes get together meals and walks for carers and those with dementia; and officiates at fund raising fun runs.

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