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Norman K Robertson

Norman Keith Robertson and Neida J F Playfair

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Norman Keith Robertson was born in Sydney on 29 December, 1888. He was  educated at Scots College, Sydney, and studied Medicine at Sydney University. He travelled to Edinburgh to further his medical studies.

            In 1913  he married Neida (Niedham) Jessie Ferrers Playfair, the eldest daughter of Mr and Mrs Edmund B. Playfair, at St.Marks C/E, Darling Point. They had 4 daughters, one of whom (Alice) died aged about 1 month.

            During the First World War, Norman served with the 1st Light Horse Field Ambulance. Norman was injured jumping from a  train which had been bombed, and invalided home. Neida had been working in a field canteen in Egypt, and boarded the ship home with Norman. This ship was torpedoed, and the passengers had board another ship for the trip home. 

After the war, Norman practised medicine at Hunters Hill.

            Norman Robertson sold his medical practice on 1 May, 1919, to Dr C E Wassell for the sum of 1,000 Pounds. The sale included the goodwill of Norman Robertson in the practice, and also the surgery and waiting room furniture, and the kitchen furniture in the residence. He did not practise medicine after this time.

            In 1919, he purchased the farming and grazing property of “Budden”  in the Bylong Valley, N.S.W., and lived there until 1923. The property was sold on the 6 Dec, 1924, to D.D.and P.S. Macfarlane for 11,145 Pounds, 4,000 of which was owed on the mortgage.

            In 1926 he sold all his furniture and his car prior to leaving on a trip to Norfolk Island. On his return he became ill, and did not recover from this illness. The family at this time lived at “Kioto”, the home of Neida’s parents.

            Norman died on 2 January  1931 aged 44, at Point Piper, and was buried with their first child Alice, and his parents at South Head Cemetery. Neida died on 25 June 1969, and was buried in the same grave site.