Hunt on for local history


Restoration workshop volunteers David Ashfold and Murray Sharpe. Picture: Jon Hewson        www.communitypix.com.au d447984
Restoration workshop volunteers David Ashfold and Murray Sharpe. Picture: Jon Hewson        www.communitypix.com.au d447984

A fruit grader that was manufactured by Mr Robinson came into the City’s possession in 2012 after being rescued from demolition in Kirup.

Before this, the only record the museum had of a locally manufactured fruit grader was a photocopy of an old advertisement.

A local resident and previous employee of Mr Robinson’s recognised the fruit grader on a visit to Wilkinson Homestead and was able to put the museum in contact with other residents to uncover the history of this manufacturing business.

The museum found the grader was named after Tom Robinson’s daughter, won a design award at an Agricultural Show in Orange, NSW, and was exhibited at the Perth Royal Show in the mid-1960s.

It is known that Mr Robinson started his business in the shed of his house on Wheatley Street, Gosnells, and then moved to Maddington and later Gosnells.

People who have any information about Mr Robinson are asked to call Wilkinson Homestead on 9397 3144.