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Fond farewell; After 40 years, loyal Louise calls time

Tuesday, 23rd December, 2014

By Emily Roberts

It has been an emotional lead-up to Christmas for one local woman as she prepares to leave her job of 40 years.

After four decades, Louise Henderson is saying goodbye to the customers and staff at Netting Chemist.

Louise started at the pharmacy in 1974.

“I was offered the job and I said yes,” she said. “I’ve been here the whole time. You didn’t need any training back then.”

Louise said the “love for the job” kept her on.

“The thing that has kept me here is the clientele, all the customers are so lovely,” she said.

“I’ve seen people come in with their babies, then their children have had children.

“I’ve seen three generations of one family, come through here.

“It is beautiful, the fact they share their life with me is lovely.”

She said the days before Christmas will be hard.

“I had a woman crying because I was leaving,” she said.

“I am happy to be leaving - I wanted to try something else.

“I did love my job and adored my customers, hopefully now I can go into another area.

“I will miss the staff as well, I think it will hit me this week.”

Louise said the pharmacy used to be where the post office is in McCulloch Street.

“It was a very small shop, then in 1983 we moved into the current premises - the dispensary was in the back corner,” she said.

“A couple of years ago, they moved the dispensary.

“During my time, there has been six owners.”

Louise has one son and worked right up until her last week of pregnancy.

“I worked right up until the week before my son was born - then I had 12 months off,” she said.

“At the time I had a great boss who said I could work for as long as I wanted - I also had a lovely, healthy pregnancy; so that helped.”

She said the loyalty of the customers has kept the business going.

“We get so many loyal customers that just keep coming back - we are still going good,” she said.

“I will take a lot away from this job, I have been very fortunate.

“Broken Hill is a great community.”

Pharmacist Ahmed Elfeki said he has worked with Louise for 18 months.

“I wish she would stay, it will be sad to see her leave,” he said.

“But we wish her all the best.”

Ahmed said the staff had a surprise planned for Louise.

Louise’s last day will be on Christmas Eve.

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