Colletor Robert Russell organises second Bayswater Collectors’ Fair


Robert Russell holding a Bell’s Whiskey commemorative jug. Picture: Andrew Ritchie d452252dES
Robert Russell holding a Bell’s Whiskey commemorative jug. Picture: Andrew Ritchie d452252dES

ROBERT Russell is the collector world’s answer to Indiana Jones, collecting rare pieces from around the world, before returning to his Bayswater home.

The former mechanic and antique shop owner and current volunteer Rottnest tour guide and full-time collector, first began his collecting obsession at the age of two, when he sorted a bag of pennies into dates.

Fast forward past a move from Cheshire, England, in 1979 to Australia and explorations of some 50 countries, Mr Russell has vastly expanded his collection from the humble penny .

His collection includes New Guinea wooden art, an 1850s rocking horse, a signed George Harrison poster, a 1960 jewellery box that contains an early transistor radio, WA Wembley Ware and a head hunter’s head piece.

Mr Russell said at antique road shows and fairs people often approached him with “amazing’” things.

“Once a guy walked in with the deeds to a castle,” he said.

He said petrol boxes and 1950s and 1960s collectables were becoming popular, such as the classic decorative wall ducks.

Mr Russell has organised a second Bayswater Collectors’ Fair at the Bayswater Bowling Club, after he was approached by the Baysie Rollers.

More than 100 people are expected to check out some 40 tables featuring coins, medals, glass, pottery, toys, china, silver and favourite collectables.

Bayswater Collectors’ Fair will be held at Bayswater Bowling Club, April 30 to May 1, 10am to 3.30pm. Entry costs $2.