Ken ROBERTSON (1989)

Ken Robertson  Location- Block 3; position 159

1929 – Born on the 3rd of April in Hillston NSW. The Family moved to Koondrook where he spent his childhood.

1942 - By 13 years old he was writing songs and lyrics & singing in the back shed by candlelight, ever planning to perform live

1945 - Ken left home at 16 year old, working & travelling his way around Australia writing songs & performing. 

1953 - Ken met & married Josephine & raised a family of four children in Swan Hill, Vic.  Ken and Josie both had a passion for country music, in between working they travelled & performed with their family at dances, festivals & concerts.

1975 - Ken set up the rooms of his Swan Hill home as a recording studio where he was to record many of his original songs onto cassette.

1979 - Ken was approached in by Bear Family Records’ of Germany with the record company pressing & releasing an L.P. album, called ‘Ken Robertson’s Songs of Australia’.  The Album was one of the first LP to be released Europe prior to being released in Australia. 

After years recording in their home, they finally built a sound proof music studio to create The Studio One Production, Pioneer Country Sounds. 

Ken has written over 3000 songs. Over 400 of his songs have been recorded by other country music artists both in Australia and Overseas. Some of these artists include Dusty Rankin, Rick & Thel Carey, Reg Poole, Bluey Francis, Don Gresham, John R. Williams, Mary Cummins, The Pitt Family and Michael T Wall (Canada).

Ken was inducted into ‘The Country Music Hands of Fame’ in Tamworth and Country Music Avenue of Fame S.A. 

Ken has received countless awards including the ‘Norm Scott Award’ for song writing & the ‘Mountain Heritage Award’ for his song titled ‘The Man From Snowy Rivers Last Ride’

Many songs have become well known, the south coast of Australia Ken’s song ‘The Child’s Vision’ was recorded onto ‘Songs of Australia. While performing in Winton Queensland he wrote ‘The Battered Stockman’s Hat’ for the CD ‘Ringers and Drovers’.

His song ‘For Jenny A Rose’, found on the CD ‘Country Classics’, was written about school children from Jerilderie planting roses following the death of a young student.

Ken’s sentimental songs about family life are based on his family experiences. The song ‘The Family Bible’ written about his Grandmother’s leather bound family bible which she would read to the children in the garden.