History of Robertson

Established in the 1860s, Robertson was known as “Yarrawa”, from the “Yarrawa Brush”, a generic term used by the early settlers for the local rainforest which they had set out to clear. The clearing of the dense rainforest was necessary to enable farming of the rich red basalt soil which lay beneath the Yarrawa Brush. This rich soil, combined with high rainfall, is what makes Robertson so lush and green and is the source of the productivity of Robertson’s potato growing, dairying farms and beef cattle industry.


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Updated 5th July 2016