Arthur Robbins (1920 – 2010)

In November Boolarra farewelled Arthur Robbins, one of its greatly respected citizens. Arthur was the 3rd child of William and Amy Robbins who arrived from the Dumbalk area to Boolarra just before he was born in 1920. They took up a farm along Limonite Road on the Bastin Street corner. There were eight Robbins siblings. Arthur got his Merit Certificate at Boolarra State School and then went to work on the family farm for several years.

At 19 he began his football career which lasted until he was 35. At 20 he joined the army and was sent to the Middle East and then to Ceylon. When the war in the Pacific was at its height he transferred to the Navy, training at ‘Cerberus’ at Crib Point. He sailed on the “Shropshire”, an Australian artillery ship (anti-aircraft) attached to the American Navy 7th Fleet. He saw action near Tokyo, finally towing Eisenhower’s boat. Arthur had a distinguished war record.

He married Ivy Fullerton from Mirboo North in 1947 and joined the Gas & Fuel Company, where he worked for some years. He then worked at the Morwell Briquette Factory for the next 20 years until he retired. He and Ivy had two boys and one girl.

Arthur was a very active member of the community, particularly in sport. He was a Best & Fairest winner in the Mid-Gippsland League and a keen bowler. He was secretary of the Boolarra Bowling Club for 23 years and also President of the Gippsland Bowls Group. He will be greatly missed by his children, friends and the Boolarra community.