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Robertson, A. W. (?–1896)

Few faces that have disappeared in the last few years will be more missed in pastoral circles in Victoria than that of Mr. A. W. Robertson. Born on the voyage from Scotland to Canada, where his youth was spent, he came thence to Victoria in 1853 and laid the foundation of his fortune in the carrying business. In 1858 he entered into partnership with Mr. John Wagner in taking over the business of Cobb and Co., with what signal success is known to everyone. A good share of Messrs. Robertson and Wagner's profits were put into pastoral property, their best known stations being Pericoota, Midkin, and Tallinga, in Riverina, and Auburn cattle station in Queensland, besides which Mr. Robertson owned Marathon station in Queensland solely. He was a large shareholder in Goldsbrough, Mort and Co., of which he was chairman for many years. He was also a prominent committeeman of the V.R.C., and a most hospitable, kind, and generous man, universally respected and liked. He entertained the Duke of Edinburgh at Pericoota during H.R.H.'s visit to Australia, and was not forgotten by H.R.H. when he went to London in the eighties, for Mr. Robertson's geniality, shrewdness, and kindliness made him welcome in every society, from London drawing-rooms to boundary-riders' huts.

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'Robertson, A. W. (?–1896)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, https://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/robertson-a-w-1150/text1145, accessed 24 April 2021.

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