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COLEMAN'S FOUNDER PASSES AWAY AGED 90

by Colemans Editor on Thursday, 29 November 2012 12:58 PM

To the best of our knowledge Ken founded Coleman's Office Products in 1956.


He previously owned and managed the Keppel Street Newsagency in lower Keppel Street Bathurst.


During this time he began selling and servicing electronic typewriters - and the business in office machines became greater than the Newsagncy and he established Coleman's Office Products across the road in lower Keppel Street. 


Sometime later Ken built a larger showroom a block up the road at 100 Keppel Street, currently occupied by Bathurst Retravision. At this stage the full suite of office products was on offer including stationery and office furniture and all sorts of office machines.


Ken sold the business to the Pye corporation - and Pye sold it later to a collective of staff - and in 2002 the business was acquired by two local families the McDonogh's and the Bolam's.


We are unsure of dates, but sometime after Ken left Colemans he moved to Perth with his wife Gwen and family.


An historical coincidence is that the Bolam family purchased the Coleman's home in Russell Street. Another coincidence is Jack McDonogh, the father of the current manager of Coleman's, used to enjoy the sport of fishing with Ken. It's a small world.


There are ex employees, customers and suppliers of Ken Coleman still around today and they will remember Ken as a well respected and astute business manager.


On behalf of the current staff and management of Coleman's Office Products I convey our sympathy to the Coleman family - and we thank Ken for founding a great local business.


written by Stephen McDonogh 29/11/12  - please feel free to provide comments  or stories you'd like to share directly to smcdonogh@colemans.com.au or phone 6331 1966


We include some historical photos. The gentleman sitting at the desk in the middle is Ken Coleman. The buildings are the two previous showrooms in Keppel Street.

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