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Alex [Alexander] Robertson Collection

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Identifier: A0444


This collection contains 40 volumes of autograph and letter books, newspaper articles written by Alex Robertson, and copies of music scores and portraits.

The autograph collection was gifted to the Invercargill Public Library in 1948 by its owner, Alex Robertson. It is unclear how the collection was aquired, but is believed to have been from an auction at an English estate.


  • 1687 - 1914

Biographical / Historical

Mr. Robertson served with the First Reserves during World War One, was reportedly an excellent cabinetmaker, employed at Charles Begg in Esk Street, and as a reader at The Southland Times. His father, Hugh, was a corn dealer, and his mother was called Isabella. He had a sister Clara, and two brothers - John an engineer, and Peter an expressman.

Mr. Robertson unfortunately drowned in the Invercargill Estuary in November 1956, aged 78. He was at that time deaf and his sight was failing.

Source: "A stunning scrapbook" by Michael Fallow, The Southland Times 03/06/2006.


33 volume(s) (Drawers West 3 a - d and 4)

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Repository Details

Part of the Invercargill City Libraries and Archives Repository

50 Dee Street
Invercargill Southland 9810 New Zealand