Ken Robinson, the founding president of the NSW Jewellery and Allied Trades Valuers Council (now the National Council of Jewellery Valuers NSW branch), passed away on Monday (July 2).
Ken’s son Ross Robinson said his father, who was 91-years-old, had been in “poor health for almost a year with dementia gradually eroding his ability to communicate”.
“In the last few weeks his health had diminished significantly,” he said.
“We are comforted by the fact that he is no longer suffering and at peace.”
Ross said his father was “always immensely proud of the jewellery trade and his achievements with JATVC and the Gemmological Association”.
Ken began his career in the jewellery industry in 1950 as a trade diamond setter running his own business in Sydney.
In the years since he also played a key role in developing the local industry. Highlights include establishing Australian Diamond Services in 1960 and presidency of the Diamond Setters Association, presidency of the Gemmological Association, membership of the Australian Jewellers Association board and presidency of the Jewellers Golf Day Committee.