Certificate of Commission - signed by Governor General

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Certificate appointing James Alexander Robinson Honorary Major on 7 February 1917. Certificate is dated 1923.
CH classification MILITARY Army
CH classification DOCUMENTS Certificates
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L350mm x H230mm
Weight 15 g.
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Support: paper wove cream heavy weight and well sized. Medium: Black printing ink, black ribbon typing, EK Bowden signature black stamp (faded), pen and ink (sepia) signature lower left corner,blind stamp lower left .
AUSTRALIA \ To Wit \ His Excellency the Right Honourable Henry William, Baron Forster, a member of His Majesties Most Honourable Privy Council, Knight Grand Cross of the Most \ Distinguished Order of Saint Michael and Saint George, Governor-General and \ Commander-in-Chief of the Commonwealth of Australia. \ To JAMES ALEXANDER ROBINSON \ GREETING: \ By virtue of the provisions of the "Defence Act 1903-1918" and of all other powers me enabling \ I, Henry William, Baron Forster, the Governor General aforesaid acting with the \ advice of the Federal Executive Council do hereby appoint you to be an Officer of the \ Military Forces of the Defence Force of the Commonwealth from the \ SEVENTH day of FEBRUARY 1917 \ And I direct you \ diligently to discharge your duty as such Officer in the \ rank of HONOURARY MAJOR \ or in any higher rank to which the Governor-General is pleased to \ promote or appoint you. \ Given under my hand and the Seal of the Commonwealth \ this sixth day of June \ One thousand nine hundred and twenty-three. \ By His Excellency's Command \ E.K. Bowden \ ENTERED on Record by me, in Register of Patents No 36, Page 121 this thirteenth \ day of June One Thousand nine hundred and twenty-three <illegible signature>.
History and use
James Alexander 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.

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.
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