Wendy Walker, who was mentioned in relation to the further story of Samuel Coombe, lives at Blakiston in the Adelaide Hills. She sent us a photo and some further information about her family. Mary Lilla Jane (née Jacka) and Charles Benjamin Robinson were her great grandparents and their daughter, Rose Florence, was her grandmother. The Robinsons are described on pp. 367-370 of The Complete History.

robinson family photograph c. 1910 (courtesy of wendy walker)

robinson family photograph c. 1910 (courtesy of wendy walker)

This photograph of most of the Robinson family, taken about 1910 in Broken Hill, came originally from the grand-daughter of Hurtle Benjamin Robinson, seen in the photo. Wendy gives the probable identities of the people in the family group as follows:

Back row: Leslie Melrose, Hurtle Benjamin, Maud Jane, William Charles, Frederick Jacka. Front row: Ida May, Charles Benjamin, Mary (Lily) Jane, Rose Florence.

William Charles Robinson, in the photo, was not mentioned in The Complete History: he was not recorded in indexes to South Australian births. Wendy Walker has evidence from her grandmother and a death certificate that William Charles was born on May 7 1884 in Quorn, making him the third child. He died in Broken Hill in 1936, aged 52 after a colourful life. In his teens, he survived a 50 ft fall at the BHP mine with a few cuts and lacerations.[1] When aged 29 and described as a fitter, he was arrested in a police raid on an Umberumberka gaming house.[2] Then at about age 40, he was badly injured in a fall during construction of the Umberumberka weir, confining him to a wheelchair in hospital for the last twelve years of his life.[3]

[1] Adelaide Observer, 24 June 1899 p. 9

[2] Barrier Miner, 20 May 1913 p. 4

[3] Barrier Miner, 29 Oct 1936 p. 3