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The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Otago & Southland Provincial Districts]

Councillor Colin Robertson

Councillor Colin Robertson , who has represented the Waikaia riding on the Southland County Council since 1896, was born in 1850, in Perthshire, Scotland, and attended school in the parish of Logierait, where he afterwards served for two years as a pupil-teacher. Mr Robertson arrived at Port Chalmers in 1867, by the ship “Vicksburgh,” and almost immediately went to the Waikaia district (then known as Switzers) to become a storeman for a local storekeeper. Ten years later he commenced farming, and still follows that calling, on 550 acres of land, nearly all freehold. Mr Robertson runs crossbred sheep on his farm. He was a member of the old Waikaia Road Board, and was a member, and also chairman of the Waikaia Licensing Committee during its existence. Mr Robertson has also been chairman of the local school committee since 1894, and he became a Justice of the Peace in 1891. He was married, in 1881, to a daughter of the late Mr James Welsh, of Cork, Ireland, and has five sons and three daughters.

Gerstenkorn, photo.Councillor C. Robertson.

Gerstenkorn, photo.
Councillor C. Robertson.