Robyn’s love of past leaves legacy for future generations

A quick search of the Ipswich Libraries catalogue immediately reveals the rich and deep understanding Robyn Buchanan had of Ipswich.

The respected historian and well-known local identity devoted hour upon hour, year upon year, to chronicling various aspects of the city’s past.

Her name is recorded against several hard copy books, online titles and audio recordings that shed light on some of the most significant events and times faced by Queensland’s oldest provincial city.

Mrs Buchanan, aged 74, passed away peacefully on 26 July.

Ipswich Acting Mayor Wayne Wendt paid special tribute to her at this week’s ordinary council meeting.

“The City of Ipswich recently lost a well-respected historian and well-known local identity with the passing of Robyn Buchanan,” Cr Wendt said.

“Robyn was a professional historian who undertook specialised work in historic research and writing, editing and publishing content.

“She had a Master of Philosophy (History) through the University of Queensland and was a member of The Workshops Rail Museum Advisory Committee.

“In recognition of the significant contribution Robyn made to the city through her recording of the history of Ipswich, she was one of three inaugural inductees into the Ipswich Heritage Hall of Fame on October 15, 2013.

“Robyn’s projects included histories of organisations and localities, oral histories, heritage trails and site interpretation.

“Robyn worked with Ipswich City Council staff and departments on a variety of projects, including the provision of historical information for the Then and Now Heritage Trail series and the script for the Queens Park Audio Tour.

“Her experience as a journalist held her in good stead to write the Ipswich Heritage Education Kit, The Bremer River book and Ipswich in the 20th Century as well as The Expanded Ipswich Heritage Study, written with husband Bruce to name just a few.

“She also recently graciously donated her collection of historical photographs and copies of some of her publications to the Ipswich Library to be included in Picture Ipswich.

“Robyn passionately contributed to the conservation of the character of the City of Ipswich, and as such, she leaves behind an incredible legacy.

“Ipswich residents and visitors alike will benefit from Robyn’s commitment to and passion for our heritage for generations to come.

“Robyn was the adored wife of Bruce Buchanan and mother to Kate, Ben and Anthony.”

Robyn Buchanan, pictured in 2013.

Robyn Buchanan pictured with her book The Bremer River.

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