Farewell to Ernest Robinson, a man who did much for our museum

APPRECIATION: Ernest Robinson donated the blacksmith's shed to the Oberon District Museum in 1990.
APPRECIATION: Ernest Robinson donated the blacksmith's shed to the Oberon District Museum in 1990.

OBERON District Museum members were saddened to hear of the recent death of Ernest Robinson, a major benefactor of the museum.

Ernest contributed much to the development of the Oberon museum. He attended the first meeting which set up the museum in 1989 and he remained a very active member for many years.

He donated the blacksmith's shed in its entirety, organising its removal from Melville Park and its reconstruction in the museum grounds.

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According to the museum's original register, he donated many items.

Some standout donations include a number of pieces in the parlour and bedroom of the museum's weatherboard cottage, for example, sewing machines, bottles, scales and hand-stitched patchwork quilts.

Agricultural items were also donated, for example, a century-old horsedrawn wool wagon.

Ernest was an innovative man. If he couldn't buy something, he made his own.

Ernest's great-grandparents are William and Jane Robinson, who are buried at St Barnabas' Church.

His grandparents are Edward and Mary Robinson, and his parents are Lesley and Margaret Robinson. Melville Park was the family property.