Evelyn was much loved and respected
Vale: Evelyn Robertson
(April 12, 1931 - July 27, 2017)
GYMPIE has farewelled a very special community member.
Evelyn Robertson was a beautiful lady, well respected, loved and cherished by many.
Her funeral was held in the Red Hill Uniting Church where a huge attendance certainly indicated just how fondly known, and loved, she was.
The church, walkways and gardens were filled to capacity with her many friends and loved ones wanting to pay their last respects.
Evelyn Robertson (nee Riches), was born in the Cooroy Hospital on April 12, 1931, to Fleurine and Arnold Clifford Arthur Riches (or Cliff as he was known). She was the oldest of three children, Fay and Ron being her sister and brother. The family was living at Boreen Point at the time of her birth.
Evelyn's first years of schooling were by correspondence at Boreen Point when she was five years old.
After a short time, the family moved to Kin Kin as share farmers.
It was here in Kin Kin that Evelyn finished her primary schooling to scholarship (Grade 7), and also the first part of her high school education.
During high school, the family again moved to another dairy farm at Pinbarren Creek which meant Evelyn had to complete high school at the Pomona High School - and this was to Year 10.
While at Pomona High School, Evelyn won a 25-pound bursary to help with her further education. Evelyn went to work soon after completing Year 10.
Her first employment was at the Caboolture Butter Factory. She then moved to Gympie where she worked at Alan Webb's auctioneer.
Soon after, Evelyn applied for a job with a very successful and respected car dealer, Tom Madill. She told the story of Tom offering her a job, paying 2 pounds 20 but Evelyn confidently told him, "I have to pay Mum and Dad board and I cannot live on that”.
Evelyn went on to say she got up to walk out and Tom called her back and offered her five pounds. Tom was to later tell Evelyn that he had given her the job because she had spoken up for herself. Evelyn's role at Madills was chief office girl to Tom and she stayed at Madills even after her marriage.
Evelyn met her husband Lindsay through Lindsay's brother Alex. Alex would take Evelyn for driving lessons out to visit Lindsay and his younger brother, Keith, who were building their first spec homes at the time, on Cootharaba Road.
Lindsay and Evelyn were married in 1955. They raised three children who, together, gave Evelyn and Lindsay nine grandchildren.
Lindsay built their first and only family home at 42 Chatsworth Rd.
It was here that Lindsay and Evelyn stayed, very happily married for 62 years. Only recently did they move in to Cooinda where they enjoyed a short but special time together, until illness overtook Evelyn and we learned of her passing on July 27.
Once married, Evelyn took on the role of book keeper for her husband and his brother, who eventually formed the very successful partnership, Robertson Bros.
Evelyn, continued in this role of 'financial controller' up until the year before she passed.
For many years, Robertson Bros was one of the most significant employers in the Gympie community and it was well known that Evelyn was the fabric which wove together this hugely successful business operation.
Her memory and attention to detail was second to none. Indeed, she was an accountant's delight. Friends, family or business colleagues would tell you that in a time of need, there was no one more generous with either a listening ear or a "helping financial hand” than Evelyn.
If Evelyn believed something was good for the community, she quietly supported it in the way she knew best. She had a lot of love and passion for local charities and community organisations through which she made a vast number of friends. Chelsea Flower Shows, church fetes, guilds, Rotary, Meals on Wheels, Gympie Muster, to name a few. No accolades were sought but solid reliable support was provided.
Evelyn's grandchildren who refer to her as Nan, want her remembered for her beautiful presence - her beautiful, regal, lady-like presence. She was a brilliant role model for them, with beautiful manners, a formidable work ethic, compassion for others and immense love for family. In their eyes, she modelled love.
It goes without saying that Evelyn loved her family unconditionally. Anyone who really knew Evelyn would have witnessed the special bond she had with her children, her extended family, her friends, her God, and most importantly, her husband. She was admired for her many attributes, including her hard work, her astuteness, her tenaciousness, her integrity, compassion, and her unconditional love which combined to make her the wonderful woman she was.
As her minister said during her funeral, "our lives are certainly better for having known Evelyn”.
- THE ROBERTSON FAMILY