INTERVIEW WITH PAYNESVILLE’S LEIGH ROBINSON -
MASTER SHIPWRIGHT & LOCAL LEGEND -
In this episode, Byron Smith visit 92 year-old Master Shipwright and local legend, Leigh Robinson, at his home in Paynesville.
Leigh is the son of Sam and Bessie Robinson. Sam was a well known local fisherman who was born on Raymond Island in 1901 and was the grandson of the first selectors of land on the Island.
Growing up in Paynesville – back when there were only three roads and fewer than 50 homes – Leigh has lots of stories to tell about his early days on the Gippsland Lakes, as well as his interstate and overseas adventures in the ship-making, oil and horse racing industries.
A former national sailing champion and an oracle when it comes to the local waters and local history, it was a pleasure to visit Leigh at his home in Langford Parade and hear about his colourful life.
To hear the complete interview with Leigh Robinson on YouTube (3 hours and 26 minutes) click here.