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Title: Bessie Robinson
Date of Death: 1984-01-15
Date of Birth: 1895-01-17
Place of Birth: Hobart (Tas.)
Place of Death: Darwin
Place of Burial: Darwin General Cemetery
Occupation: Business Owner
Biographical notes: Bessie came to the Territory in 1911 when her parents took up a farm property in the Daly River region this venture was unsuccessful so they moved to Darwin. In 1915 Bessie married Stewart Drysdale and they went to live at the Point Charles Lighthouse where he was the lighthouse-keeper and Bessie experienced her first cyclone. The couple moved back to Darwin and had three daughters and Stewart transported mail and supplies from Pine Creek to Wyndham. In 1941 she was evacuated with her daughter Joy to Adelaide and returned in 1946 to Darwin where they opened a general store in Smith Street. Bessie assisted with running of the store until it sold in 1960, along with their other business, Drysdale's Service Station in Cavenagh Street and a Funeral service. Stewart died in 1962 and Bessie at 68 married Harry Robinson in 1963, he passed away in 1969. In 1974 she was evacuated to Adelaide because of Cyclone Tracy. Bessie was a member of the Red Cross and formed the Territory's Girl Guide Association. She was the Territory's first lifetime member of the Girl Guide Association.
Related link: Carment, D. 1949-. Northern Territory Dictionary of Biography. Rev. ed. ed. Darwin: Charles Darwin University Press, 2008.
PictureNT : Past school pupils
PictureNT : Territory pioneer women Bessie (Drysdale) Robinson and the Mary Perez
Related Materials: Collins, J. "Floods cyclone and war among pioneer's memories of Christmas past". The Star. 1976. p. 28-29.
"Death of Territory pioneer Bessie." Northern Territory News, 18 January 1984. p.12.
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