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Remembering Robin Tremlett Francis

Robin Tremlett Francis

It is with sadness that we bid farewell to Robin Tremlett Francis, a Fellow of GCA, who passed away earlier this month at the age of 95.

Robin was born in 1929 in Colinton, Brisbane Valley. He was the eldest son of R. J. Francis, a farmer grazier, and the grandson of Thomas Allan Walker, a Government Railway Surveyor.

Robin’s academic journey began at the Church of England Grammar School (now Anglican Church Grammar School), where he achieved his senior pass and made university matriculation. In 1947, he commenced his professional career as an articled pupil in surveying with Cyril Fryar Bennett. By 1951, he had earned his registration as an Authorised Surveyor, and in 1958, he formed a partnership with Cyril – C.F. Bennett and Francis. Upon Cyril’s passing in 1962, Robin continued in sole practice, gradually introducing new partners and expanding its reach both within Brisbane and across Queensland.

Robin’s contributions to the surveying field were substantial. He served as President of the Queensland Division of the Institution of Surveyors Australia from 1961-62, and as Vice President of Australia in 1963 for FISA and FRGS. Beyond surveying, Robin was actively involved in various organisations, including serving as Chairman of Directors for Brisbane Crematorium Ltd, Vice President of the Queensland Society for Crippled Children, Deputy Chairman of Metway Bank Ltd., and Director of the Rotary Club of Brisbane.

His career was marked by significant achievements, such as surveying the easements for Queensland’s first oil pipeline from Moonie to Brisbane. He also co-authored the first Strata Title Act in Queensland with Registrar of Titles R. H. McMillan. A pioneer in embracing new technology, Robin introduced electronic calculators and computers to his practice, developing advanced technologies for surveying high-rise construction and encouraging younger partners to adopt modern methodologies.

Robin retired from the survey practice in 1976, choosing to enjoy a rural lifestyle. In recognition of his lifelong contributions, he was conferred as a Fellow at SSSI (now GCA) in 2009.

Robin will be remembered for his professional contributions, his leadership, and his commitment to advancing the field of surveying. His impact on the community and the profession will be felt for generations to come. Our thoughts go out to his family and closest friends at this time.