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. 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 handstitched patchwork quilts. Agricultural items were also donated, for example, a century old horse drawn wool wagon.

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

Ernest’s great grandparents were William and Jane Robinson who are buried at St Barnabas’ Church, his grandparents were Edward and Mary Robinson, and his parents were Lesley and Margaret Robinson.  Melville Park was the family property.