Our Treasurer, John Brotchie, was born in Randwick and grew up in the suburb of Botany. When John was only 6 years old his father died and the family moved to Pymble, where he attended Gordon Public School and later North Sydney Boy’s High. Straight out of High School, John joined the Bank of NSW and worked for them for 21 years, during which time they became Westpac. He also managed to squeeze in 6 years with the CMF.
Marrying in 1967, John and his wife Elizabeth raised a family and then bought a bookshop in Springwood, which they ran for 11years. After he retired from full-time work they moved to Oberon and John became a Casual Guide at Jenolan Caves. He says he has conducted over 4000 cave tours and it was “the best job I ever had”. He retired as a cave guide only in 2015.
Both John and Elizabeth joined OTHR in about 2007 but John managed to keep in the background until being elected as Treasurer in 2014.