Scroll, Member of the British Empire

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Scroll recognising James Alexander Robinson as a Member of the British Empire 11 June 1966
CH classification DOCUMENTS Certificates
CH classification NUMISMATICS (MEDALS AND OTHER) Civil Medals
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326 x 388mm
Weight 22 g
Media/Materials description
Support: paper wove cream. Medium: Black printing ink, blue printing ink, caligraphy in black ink, Philip signature blue/black stamp, blind stamp top left corner.
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Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God of the \ United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Island and of Her \ other Realms and Territories Queen, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith and Sovereign of the Most Excellent \ Order of the British Empire to our trusty and well beloved \ James Alexander Robinson Esquire Companion of Our Distinguished Service Order \ Greetings \ Whereas We have thought it fit to nominate and appoint you to \ be an Ordinary Member of the Civil Division of Our said Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. \ We do by these presents grant unto you the Dignity of \ an Ordinary Member of Our said Order and hereby \ authorise you to have hold and enjoy the said Dignity and Rank \ of and Ordinary Member . of Our aforesaid Order \ together with all and singular the privileges thereunto belonging or \ appertaining. \ Given at Our Court at Saint James under Our Sign \ Manual and Seal of Our said Order this Eleventh \ day of June 1966 in the Fifteenth year of Our Reign. \ By the Sovereign's Command. \ <handwritten signature> Philip <end handwritten signature> \ Grand Master \ Grant of the Dignity of and Ordinary Member \ of the Civil Division of the Order of the British Empire \ to James Alexander Robinson, Esq, D.S.O.
History and use
James Alexander Robinson was appointed Member of the British Empire in June 1966 for services to education in Queensland. Robinson was born in 1888 at Nudgee, Brisbane. He had a long career as an educator, beginning in 1901 when he became a pupil teacher. He was a founding student of the University of Qld (BA, 1915). After serving in WW1 he became principal of Rockhampton State High School and Technical College. In 1935 he became principal of the Qld Teachers Training College, and was instrumental in its move to Kelvin Grove. After overseeing important changes to teacher training methods, he retired in 1954 but continued in an advisory role until 1956. He also served on numerous boards and advisory bodies.
Robinson’s service during World War 1 began in May 1915 when he joined the 26th Battalion, the largely Queensland derived infantry unit, and served in Gallipoli and on the Western Front. While on the Western Front he was awarded the Distinguished Service Order and mentioned in dispatches several times. In June 1918 he supervised the salvage of German AV7 tank “Mephisto” and subsequently devoted some time to ensuring this war trophy was permanently housed in Queensland. He credited the decision to the Qld Governor Sir Hamilton Goold-Adams, to whom he was Aide de Camp in 1919.
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