THE HON. W. ROBINSON.
This gentleman, whose death was reported yesterday, was born in England in 1815, and emigrated to South Australia while a young man. Being shrewd and energetic, success attended his speculations, especially his stock dealing transactions. New Zealand attracted his attention, and early in the fifties he came to this colony to seek an investment for the by no means small fortune he had made. He settled in Nelson province on the borders of North Canterbury. A large tract of country was offered for sale by the Provincial Government of Nelson, and, to the astonishment of most people, this was purchased by Mr Robinson for cash, at about 7a per acre. This transaction gained for him the sobriquet of “ Ready-money Robinson,” by which name he was so familiar. He devoted himself to sheepbreeding on this property with most successful results, and gradually brought a considerable area under cultivation. As a breeder of stock his loss will be severely felt, as his wealth enabled him to procure a much higher class of animals than came within the means of most of the early settlers. Mr Robinson was called to the Legislative Council in 1867 by the Stafford Ministry, and has retained his seat ever since. Like Messrs Redwood, Elliott, Stafford, and other Nelson and Canterbury settlers, Mr Robinson devoted a good deal of attention to racing. He imported a lot of thoroughbred stock shortly after his arrival in Nelson, and has since that time owned and raced some of our best known horses, the late Mr Henry Lance being his partner for some years. He tried during a visit to England to win soma of the great handicaps, but was unfortunate. He has on several occasions taken a string of horses to Australia, but with unfortunate results, as owing to a variety of circumstances none of his horses appropriated any of the big events. Mr Robinson, though he took great interest in public affairs, seldom took part in the debates in the Council.
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THE HON. W. ROBINSON., Evening Star, Issue 8008, 10 September 1889
THE HON. W. ROBINSON. Evening Star, Issue 8008, 10 September 1889
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