We love books at Mornington Peninsula Magazine, so we were sad to hear of Robinsons Bookshop founder Philip Robinson’s passing on Monday, June 10. Philip was a pioneer of bookselling in Australia and opened the Frankston store with his wife, Moira, in 1963 in what was then known as Frankston’s Central Carpark. It is Victoria’s oldest general independent book store and one of 12 across three states.
Philip’s dedication to connecting people with books and each other means he will be remembered with great fondness and shall be missed dearly.
A shining light within a library-free landscape when it opened, the first Robinsons Bookshop brought a world of possibilities to a community that was ready to explore it, and to this day customers still mention the impact that both Philip and Moira had on them.
Mornington Peninsula Magazine is always amazed at the number of enthusiastic authors there are on the Peninsula and the great array of book stores that house their stories. As Frankston’s first book store and a place where the community could and still can gather to discuss and share experiences, both Robinsons Bookshop and Philip are indelibly etched into the Peninsula’s love affair with literature. In his late ‘90s, Philip passed away peacefully surrounded by his family and friends.
What a wealth of storytelling he has left behind for all of us to share.
Current Robinsons Bookshop co-owner Susanne Horman says: “There has been a huge response on community noticeboards and social media in relation to the passing of Philip, with so many stories of the lovely experiences and treasured memories people have about the Robinsons over the years.”
He was a true gentleman. Condolences to all his family and friends. From us to you.