|(Photo: Lorraine Beach)|
Richard Blair said: ‘Since joining the MHS committee in 1996 Robert has missed few Saturday meetings. Not only has he helped out at meetings in setting up the hall and cleaning up after, he has lined up speakers and has himself often spoken to the Society, as well as to other Societies and organisations; he produced Three Marrickville Potteries, a publication still in demand; as an avid collector of Australiana, local pottery and postcards he has opened his house for formal inspections; he often presents his latest postcard find at meetings; he brings homemade cakes to meetings; his Xmas cakes, always a prize at the annual potluck dinner, are sought after; he was MHS president for a year in 1999-2000 and has capably served as vice president on several occasions!’
‘You’ve probably guessed I am referring to Robert Hutchinson, who has also been involved with the Royal Australian Historical Society as a member of the Affiliated Societies Committee and he never misses an annual conference.
Photos of Robert have regularly appeared in this newsletter, whilst his comprehensive knowledge of Australiana which he loves to share, his friendly manner and broad humour always leave one with a smile.’