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VALE: Charlie Maiden – Passed Away 29 June 2015

01 Jul 15
Peter Bull

When Les Ayers spoke to Charlie in early to mid May Charlie had said that he was in considerable pain and off to see the doctor the following day. That is apparently when he was told that him that his cancer had returned.

On Monday 15 June 2015 Les advised that Charlie was in the Macquarie University Hospital and it was at this time that the doctors had told him that is was untreatable. Les advised that Charlie had declined visitors. When Les spoke to him he seemed quite cheerful but heavily sedated.

On Tuesday 30 June 2015 Les managed to contact Charlie’s daughter who told him that he had passed away last Monday.

The funeral service is delayed as Charlie’s daughter is out of Sydney and some relatives are overseas. She advised that the funeral details will be in Thursday’s SMH.  The service will be at Rookwood Catholic Chapel but the date and time of the service are as yet unclear.

If anyone has any photos of Charlie and/or a Tribute that they would like to share please email them to me and I will upload them to the OTVA web site.

May He Rest In Peace

The below excerpt is from the January 1989 Transit

Charlie Retires in 1989









The below is an excerpt from the August 1985 Transit

Charlie at Joan Sullivans Retirement


  1. Peter Bull July 1, 2015 at 9:20 am

    So sorry to hear about Charlies passing. Another fine man gone.
    Peter Warrilow

  2. Peter Bull July 1, 2015 at 9:20 am

    A very decent and nice guy.

    Chris MacMahon

  3. Peter Bull July 1, 2015 at 10:38 am

    As but one of many other ‘Tels’ (Telegraphists) who worked with Charlie in the Sydney Operating Room (for my part from Jan 1959 in the Spring Street days of declining Cable Code, Morse, Wheatstone & emerging 5-Unit telegraphy) and in later years when Charlie rose to Supervisor level at OTC’s new Intl Telex Exchange at Paddington, Charlie was one of nature’s gentleman. He was always a pleasure to work with. Charlie had rye humour & cheerful disposition that served him well among the many with whom he worked in OTC’s Operations. Sad news indeed.
    Rgds, Jim Simpson

  4. Peter Bull July 1, 2015 at 12:22 pm

    Tks Peter, very sad news about Charlie Maiden, I worked with Charlie for many years in Telex he was my boss, Charlie was a lovely man and he always conducted himself well and looked after those workers under him , my condolences to the family…
    Noel Chapman

  5. Peter Bull July 1, 2015 at 12:26 pm

    I knew Charlie well as the CHOP – Chief Operator in the Intlx Operators Room on Level 5 at Broadway.
    A true gentleman, he would do anything he could to help the techs running the Hasler T202 Telex Exchange, the first fully digital exchange in Australia.
    He was a friendly, efficient guy always in a cheerful mood, no mean feat given some of the guys who worked for him.
    Bob Emanuel

  6. Peter Bull July 1, 2015 at 5:33 pm

    Denis Chambers Melbourne is sorry to hear of Charlie Maidens passing . Charlie was a stalwart of the Wagga Wagga Weekend many years ago. Please pass my sympathies on to his relatives.
    Denis Chambers

  7. Peter Bull July 2, 2015 at 9:42 am

    This is particularly sad news. I knew Charlie when I worked in International Accounts and also meet up with him on various social occasions.
    He was a wonderful man, always helpful and a true gentleman.
    May He Rest In Peace.
    Sincere regards.
    Tony Farrugia

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