Gordon Terrence Robertson
Gordie as he was called was nearly five when the family left Awahuri
to spend a year in Taranaki. (He was to return many years later as
Robbie excelled in many sports - rugby, tennis, boxing, golf and bowls in particular. He held the boxing championship at
His first teaching position was at Maunatautari No. 2 School. It was while he was in this district that he met Ann Osborne. Ann shared many of Robbie's sporting interests and also a love of gardening and horse racing. She understood the role of the wife of country school-teacher and in this gave Robbie great support throughout his teaching life.
He was a great coach and encourager to his family and grandchildren and with Anne provided a fund of common sense and strong support. He inherited a spectacular gift for gardening which he made good use of in school houses including at Mangataparu out of Morrinsville and then in Hamilton in his retirement.