Robert was born at Ararat on the 10th of October 1889, the 6th
child of George William HUDSON and wife Annie, nee JONES. In his early years he managed
grocery & drapery stores at Rainbow, Jeparit and Murtoa. On the 8th of October 1921 at
Horsham Church of England, he married Emma Louisa GERLACH, daughter of Johann Carl Ludwig
GERLACH and wife Ellen Ann nee McGINN.
They had 3 sons. Roland William was born at
Rainbow in 1922, where Robert played football as a rover and was captain one year. Wallace
James was born at Murrumbeena in 1924, where Robert had a business in Neerim Road. Donald
Robert was born at Rupanyup in 1927, where Robert ran stores in 3 different locations over
25 years. They lived in Cromie Street and all of his stores were in the main street. At
one stage he was also the agent for H. V. McKay farm machinery.
In the early 1930's, Robert took his family on a holiday to visit his sister Myrtle at
Newcastle, just north of Sydney. He drove there and back in his Italian Cirano car, and
the families had a great time getting to know each other. Robert was secretary of the
Scouts at Rupanyup and during the Second World War he conducted community singing in the
public hall. Robert also loved his tennis, he was an excellent player who used his left
hand to advantage. He also helped coach many younger players.
In winter he sometimes joined his wife Em (Emma) on the golf courses around the
Wimmera. He was a lover of the outdoors and often took his family camping at the
Grampians. Robert enjoyed fishing, he often went fishing with his friend Rupert Salter to
Cohuna up along the Murray River. He also used to go rabbit shooting, sometimes with his
friends Wally McDermot & Arthur Templeton. Another friend was Syd Rodda.
In the early 1950's, Robert and Emmy sold their business at Rupanyup and bought a mixed
business at Mount Evelyn in the Dandenongs near Melbourne. They worked hard till
retirement in 1956, and then went to live at 77 Sherwood Avenue Chelsea. They were keen
bowlers by this stage and their home was just around the corner from Chelsea Bowling Club.
They often had their grand children (who called them "Popsy" &
"Nanny"), down for the holidays, and kindly took them to the beach and helped
some of them get their Herald swimming certificate.