Percy Alexander Findlay
Percy Alexander Findlay
Date of Birth 28 June 1866
Place of Residence Launceston Tasmania Australia
Spouses Name Alice Emily Jones
Childrens Names Ila Alice, Algernon Percy (Algie), Norman Arthur Munnew, Selwyn Harry, Meryl, Gwendoline, Thelma, Lorna & Nancy

Percy Alexander Findlay was born in Launceston on 28 Jun 1866, the son of Harry Findlay and his wife Jane Watson. Educated in Launceston, he travelled to England where he received training from Collard & Collard, the famed pianoforte manufacturers. On his return he was employed by Arthur Munnew at his music warehouse and formed a partnership with him, eventually taking over the business in 1907 and changing the name from Munnew and Findlay to Findlays Pty Ltd. He then expanded into the wireless business and set up 7LA, the first radio station in Launceston, which still exists. Percy was interested in orchestral and band music and was once a cornet player in the City Band. He played 'cello bass in the Exhibition Orchestra in 1891-92. On occasions he played in the orchestra for 'The Muffs' amateur dramatic club.

A staunch Anglican, Percy took part in the St John's Sunday School and children's festival work. For 25 years he was prominent in St Aidan's Church choir. He had been a member of the Lodge of Hope, was a keen bowler and follower of cricket and football. He visited his orchard at Hillwood every weekend. Percy married Alice Emily Jones, the daughter of Thomas Jones of 'Mona', Frederick Street, Launceston, on 17 Apr 1889. They had nine children. Percy died on 6 Jun 1945 aged 78, his business having spread across the State. Alice died on 26 May 1950 aged 84. See The Examiner 27 Jan 2007, page 26.

Angela Prosser Green Aug 2006