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Robert Robinson (1835-1902)
1902 Obituary 
ROBERT ROBINSON died at Gosforth in May 1902, at the age of sixty-seven years. He served a portion of his apprenticeship under Mr. Parker Booth, and completed his articles with the late Mr. William Armstrong, the well-known mining engineer of Chester-le-Street.
His first appointment was at Pease's West, Crook, under the firm of Messrs. Pease & Partners, where he had charge of the Woolley and Stanley collieries.
He then obtained an appointment at the Broughton collieries in North Wales, where he remained for three years, and in the year 1868 he was appointed as chief collieries manager of Bolckow, Vaughan & Co.
This charge, already considerable, was largely augmented some few years later by the purchase from Messrs. Woods of the Black Boy group of collieries. He served this company for a period of thirty-four years, and almost immediately following upon his resignation on March 31, 1902, with a retiring allowance which the directors had specially awarded him, he was struck down by illness. He was the inventor of the coal-washer which bears his name.
He was elected a member of the Iron and Steel Institute in 1881.