Bob Fullgrabe – South Australia

Bob was born on 1st of August 1923 and is one of seven children. Bob’s father was a woodchopper and Bob and his three bothers all competed in woodchopping events throughout SA and other parts of Australia. Bob’s brother Lionel, has also been inducted into the Hall of Fame.

Bob commenced woodchopping in 1938 at the age of 15 years old and he first competed in the Royal Adelaide Show in 1938 and won the Under 16yrs Underhand and in the next few years the Under 19 underhand and standing block.

Bob competed in woodchopping events in South Australia and other parts of Australia and in 1964 he was the runner up in the Grand Aggregate Trophy at the Royal Melbourne Show. In that year, Bob finished 2nd in 7 events.

Bob has been the South Australian State Champion in both the Underhand and Standing Block although he was recognised as a better Standing Block cutter than Underhand.

The SA State Championship Standing Block was introduced to the Royal Adelaide Show in 1969 and he won this event 8 times including winning the event 7 years in a row and was placed every other year up to 1979.

The SA State Championship Underhand event was introduced to the Royal Adelaide Show in 1960 and Bob won this event twice and was placed 10 times up to 1979.

Bob retired from the sport in 1980 at the age of 57 years.

Bob also contributed to the sport of woodchopping in South Australia and held official positions with the South Australian Axemen’s Association. He was President for 11 years, Vice President for 2 years, Secretary for 3 years and Handicapper for 8 years. He is also a Life Member of the South Australian Axemen’s Association.