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Typhoid victim was a keen roller skater

WHEN George Robinson died in 1911 the local skating rink closed its doors on the day of his funeral in sympathy for the family.

The 19-year-old Lismore man had succumbed to an attack of typhoid fever that had broken out in the area.

It was only two days after Christmas that he breathed his last breath.

George Robinson's headstone in East Lismore cemetery. Photo: Samantha Elley

Despite best efforts from staff at Lismore Hospital, Robinson succumbed to the disease nine days after being admitted.

Robinson was considered a ‘steady and industrious young fellow’ as described in The Northern Star of the day.

“He was greatly esteemed by his large circle of friends because of his unassuming character and  kindly and generous nature,” the paper wrote.

He was assistant secretary of the Lismore Rowing Club and also a very keen roller skater.

He was considered one of the most prolific visitors to the Lismore Skating Rink, so much so that, out of respect to his memory the proprietor closed his rink for the evening.

The Lismore Skating Rink was officially opened in the Federal Hall on June 17, 1908 in the presence of the mayor and several aldermen.

Regular weekly sessions and carnivals were held, although it was noted in one advertisement that ladies and beginners should attend the 3pm session, rather than the 7.30pm session.

Carnivals were a big affair and skaters were encouraged to wear fancy dress.

A band would be engaged to play and add to the joyous atmosphere with plenty of prizes to be won.

Keen skaters came from all parts of the district on carnival nights. Robinson would have been one of the most dedicated of skaters, attending such carnivals before his early death.

He is buried in East Lismore cemetery.

First published in The Northern Star 4th May, 2018


  • ‘Death of Mr George Robinson’, The Northern Star, Thursday, December 28, 1911. P.4

  • ‘Lismore Skating Rink: Official Opening’, Thursday, June 18, 1908. P.3

  • ‘Lismore Skating Rink’, Tuesday, June 14, 1910. P.3

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