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James Robin (1817–1894)

Mr. James Robin, of St. Jacques, Kent Town, and of the firm of James Robin & Co., Grenfell-street, died at his residence on Monday. Mr. Robin, who was born in Guernsey on November 14, 1817, arrived in Adelaide early in 1851. He was educated at Elizabeth College, Guernsey, and on leaving school proceeded to Brazil in 1835. He remained in Brazil for six years, after which he returned to Guernsey in 1841 and established himself in business. Having received a good education in commercial pursuits, Mr. Robin decided to leave his native country and come to Australia in the hope of making a fortune. Accordingly in November, 1851, he secured a passage on board one of the vessels trading between Australia and the old country, and landed in Adelaide early in the following year. Soon after his arrival he entered into partnership with Mr. Le Bair and under the style of Le Bair and Robin the firm carried on business as merchants. The knowledge Mr. Robin gained of Brazilian affairs during his residence in that country led to his appointment in 1866 as vice-consul in Adelaide. Subsequently he was appointed a justice of the peace for the province. Mr. Robin, who was married in 1844, leaves five sons and three daughters, the Rev. J. de Q. Robin, M.A., who is now in charge of the Wesleyan circuit at Armadale, Victoria; Messrs. R. B. and H. N. Robin, who are members of the firm of James Robin & Co.; Mr. A. B. Robin, a fruitgrower of Nuriootpa and secretary of the Angaston branch of the Agricultural Bureau; and Mr. V. J. R. Robin M.R.C.S., L.R.C.P. The eldest daughter married Mr. S. Fiddian, M.A., the first headmaster of Prince Alfred College. The other two daughters are unmarried.

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Additional Resources

  • funeral, South Australian Register, 27 July 1894, p 7
  • memorial service, South Australian Chronicle, 11 August 1894, p 8

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'Robin, James (1817–1894)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 21 May 2024.

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14 November, 1817
Guernsey, Channel Islands


23 July, 1894 (aged 76)
Kent Town, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

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