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Frederick A. Robinson

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Frederick Arthur Robinson (c1858-1928) of Sanderson and Robinson and the Mansfield Motor Car Co

Born the son of Joseph Robinson, a Station Master.

1911 Living at 14 The Park Avenue, Mansfield: Frederic Arthur Robinson (age 53 born Langner, Lincs), Managing Director of Ironfoundry - Employer. With his wife Ethel May Robinson (age 25 born Leeds). One servant.[1]


1928 Obituary[2]

Mr. Frederick A. Robinson, managing director Messrs. Sanderson and Robinson, iron and brass founders, of Mansfield, whose death has occurred at Nottingham at the age of 70, claimed have been the first man in Mansfield, where he lived from 1882 to 1913, to own a private motor car.

Seated in his 3.5-h.p. Benz, he was at one time familiar figure in the district.

Mr. Robinson was instrumental in forming the first road transport in Mansfield. This came into being in 1898 with steam driven car known as "The Pioneer," which, with a trailer behind, accommodated over 40 people, and used to ply between Mansfield and the neighbouring villages for a fare which averaged a penny per mile.

Mr. Robinson was managing director to the company — the Mansfield Motor Car Co. — which owned the vehicle, and often took the wheel himself. It ran for a time with some success, but was eventually abandoned.

Mr. Robinson was foundation member of the Automobile Club, and old member tho Automobile Association.


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Sources of Information

  1. 1911 Census
  2. Nottingham Evening Post - Friday 11 May 1928