Warragul, this part of Emberwood Estate is now named Eric Roberts Reserve.
Bordered by parts of Sutton Street, Stoddarts Road, and Emberwood Road, the space is a prominent part of the still-developing estate.
Councillors confirmed the name of the park and wetland area at their meeting last week.
Who is Eric?
Eric Gilbert Roberts farmed the area the reserve is located on, according to the Baw Baw Shire.
He was also a prominent name in the dairy industry, serving as chairperson or president of umpteen dairying bodies and companies.
This included stints as president of the Australian Dairy Farmers Federation (1953-60) and the Victorian Dairy Farmers Association (1953-61), as well as being chair of the Australian National Dairy Committee from 1961 to 1972.
From 1972 to 1976 he served as vice president, then president of the International Dairy Federation.
Cows weren’t the only locals he managed; Eric was also a Shire of Warragul councillor, holding the role of President from 1949 to 1952.
In 1964, Eric Roberts also received the Australian Society of Dairy Technology’s gold medal, an annual prize still being awarded today.
We are a little confused by one part of Eric’s history and are hoping our readers will be able to help us out.
One council-provided document detailing Eric’s achievements gives his name the OBE post-nominal, which we assume to mean Order of the British Empire.
We haven’t found any other mention of this anywhere, including online lists of all OBE recipients.
Have we mistaken what OBE stands for? Is this document incorrect? Let us know in the comments below.
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