ANZAC Day this year will be incomplete with the passing of one of Warialda’s most well-known locals, Stuart Robertson (Robbo).
Robbo was always one of the stalwarts of any of the ceremonies of commemoration in Warialda, always participating in ANZAC Day and Remembrance Day events. He was well known in the community for his devotion to his wife in the hospital, visiting her several times a day, every day.
His funeral was held on Tuesday, with a large crowd attending to farewell ‘Robbo’
Born in 1922, Stuart first moved to Warialda around 1936 and married a local girl Hazel Gainey in 1945.
Before marrying Hazel, Stuart was an army man, joining in 1939 when he was just 17. He drove supply trucks from Alice Springs to Darwin before serving in New Guinea and came back to Australia from New Guinea seven months after the war ended.