Get up close to the local sealife at Robe Sealife Centre. You can see Snapper, Seahorses, Gummy Shark, Dog Shark, Banjo Shark, Octopus, Cuttlefish, King Crab, Rock Lobster and many more! You must go and see and learn about each species, great for all ages. You can even feed the fish from 3.30pm daily. Its a great attraction in Robe, well worth a visit!
This house should be well built as the owner of it, William Savage, was the local stone-mason. He built his home in 1875, in what was know as Slyeham, a part of Robe village. The house has very thick stone walls which have since been painted, and the shingle roof has been replaced with iron. Out the back of the house, were the Stables. This house has also changed hands many times.
In Robe, I found the Admella Discovery Trail Markers.
I soon found out all about the Admella, one of the worst maritime disasters in Australian History. The SS Admella struck Carpenters Reef on the south east coastline of South Australia on August 6, 1859. Only 24 passengers and crew survived, a further 89 lost their lives after spending up to 8 days clinging to the wreckage in treacherous seas a mile offshore.
Now, there is a self-drive touring route which we could follow and discover the history of the Admella. The trail covers a 130-kilometre radius around Mount Gambier, stretching from Robe to Portland, officially begining at Cape Banks Lighthouse near Carpenter Rocks. Here, there is a brief account of the disaster, a memorial cairn, an observation deck to view the treacherous Admella Reef, and a walk along the beach where survivors landed and rescuers gathered.
This house adjoins Blind Man Barlow's Cottage.
Dr. Robert Penny, a well known surgeon lived in this house in the 1850's. After Dr. Penny, a Mrs. Pepper lived in the house. Even though it changed hands, the colour never did, it was alway white-washed inside and out.
A Mrs. Pepper was quite a character, always known for wearing a white apron & cap, and smoked a white clay pipe!
Later, people by the name of Thompson lived here.
This Cottage is another MUST SEE in Robe
What a quaint cottage this was! I loved it! Once again, different!
Blind Man Barlow was who lived in this Cottage. He was known as a colourful and well loved gentleman, who made reed baskets in the Cottage.
I am not sure if he was completely blind, he probably was as blind people are quite clever. He was, as I read he always had a very nice garden, and would make dandelion chains for children and give them money for the charity they were collecting for.
His original cottage was one big room, with his chair near the fireplace. From here, he was able to reach and move around without any drama.
The cottage has been beautifully restored, and still has the nice garden and picket fence. I love the big thick old stone chimney, I love the whole Cottage, lots of character here!
I loved the distinctive style of this old Cottage, one of a kind I should think!
It's known as the Attic house, and was built in 1860 from limestone gathered from the cliffs in Robe.
I could see that it had a shops window, it still had items on display in the window. Years ago it was the Tailor's shop. The Tailor lived downstairs and used the brightly lit upstairs attic as his workroom. He made suits for local important people, and Racing silks for Jockeys and for Adam Lindsay Gordon.
He once had a very strange order given to him.....It was to make a suit for a dancing Kangaroo! Underneath the porch of his shop, was where the "better off" men of Robe would gather for a chat.
The Robe Tourist information centre is located in the Library on Mundy Terrace, next to the War Memorial.
This is where you come for FREE INTERNET, helpful, friendly staff, brochures, maps and souvenirs.
Included in the centre and FOR FREE, is the Historical Interpretive centre. Lots of old photo's and information on Robe, a very good display.
Mon - Fri 9am - 5pm; Sat, Sun 10am - 4pm; public holidays 10am - 1pm. Closed Christmas Day
Still with the name of Wilson on the facade, this shop was once Wilson's Saddlery and now is a Gallery.
The Saddlery was established in 1859, becoming a flourishing business because of William Wilson. He was well known by the stockmen in South East Australia for his top quality saddles and harness. There was always the call for good harness and saddles for use farming and for travel.
Bank House is a fine looking house built in Italianate style, very opulent when compared to the simple settler's cottages in Robe. It was built in 1859, sold to the South Australian Banking Company, and occupied as residence and bank by a succession of other banks' managers until the Australia-wide depression of the 1890's.
It was good to see this historic building was in the process of being restored.
The Criterion Hotel was built in 1856 by George Lord. Back then, it was known as the Frankfort Hotel, only being renamed the Criterion Hotel in 1859.
The two small settler's cottages were also built in 1856, and are located behind the old Criterion Hotel. They have been restored and extended and now are self-contained Bed & Breakfast.
It was the 1860's and all these people had come to Robe to live and work. What to do with their spare time? There wasn't any social or meeting place for get -togethers, and so the Institute was born. It was built in 1868 on land donated to the township by the S.A. Government. George Lord, a prominent resident of Robe laid the foundation stone. The Institute had a hall, a retiring room, Library and area rented to the Oddfellow's Lodge. It is still being used today.
Nearly next door to Davison's Store was the old Horseshoe Forge, a bit hard to imagine as it has been restored and the stone worked cleaned, it is now a private home.
George Lord, who was a Blacksmith by trade, built the Forge in 1856. The Robe Police force at the time, used Horses, and these we shod there. Horses were also a major export from Robe, with many thousand Horse's being sent by sailing ship to India for Army remounts.
From the War Memorial I walked a little further along the road to where an old double story shop building was standing. It was built in 1855 by a store-keeper from Adelaide as a Drapery store. He leased it out, and the first owner was unsuccessful with the business, and departed from Robe.
It changed hands several more times, then in 1949, it was used as a Hardware Store. Later it was closed for good and is now used as a private residence.
Located in a park in Smillie Street, is a War Memorial of an Aussie Soldier. The memorial was built in 1921, to commemorate the residents of Robe who died in World War I. Since then, World War II has been added.
This Memorial contains both the names of the fallen, and the names of those who served in wartime.
"And how can man die better, than facing fearful odds."
Grey Masts is another one of Robe’s historical buildings listed by the S.A. National heritage trust.
This attractive building was built in 1853, by shipping Entrepreneur "George Ormerod."
The home, now has been restored to its former glory and is used as a Bed & Breakfast. If you stay in the east wing, you will be walking on polished floorboards from the ballast of shipwrecks.
The house was used by George Ormerod as a home for 80 young women who were sent to Robe from Adelaide to work as domestic staff at surrounding stations. Many ended up marrying the settlers and staying the rest of their lives in the area.
The Cottage overlooks Guichen Bay in the heart of Robe.