Remembering Robin Davies

By Rhonda Daniels

It is with great sadness that we advise members of the death of Life member Robin Davies in June 2020. We extend our sympathies to her husband Ron, also a life member, and their family.

Life member Robin Davies provided friendship and support to all those she met. Her commitment to the environment and willingness to work hard to preserve it was an inspiration, as was her tenacity through a long illness. She was the mainstay of Macarthur Group. It is a small but dedicated group and her perseverance has been a major factor in its survival.

Merle Thompson OAM, Membership Officer

Robin and Ron Davies receiving life membership from Graeme Ingall in 2015

The following article and photo above are from Native Plants for NSW at the time of the presentation of Life membership in 2015.

Robin and Ron are truly committed to our flora, fauna and their local community. They are kept busy contributing to APS, working as volunteers at the Wollondilly Community Nursery where they have propagated local species for 20 years, and working as bush regenerators for both the Australian Botanic Garden at Mount Annan and Barragal Landcare. Robin is also a volunteer guide at the Australian Botanic Garden.

They work tirelessly to maintain our small Macarthur Group. Robin has been a long-term President of Macarthur Group and Ron is our Tea Host. They host all our meetings, set up before and pack up after, rally guest speakers and endlessly promote our beautiful flora. They are always available to represent APS at events and stalls, smiling and pleased to talk with everyone about native plants and APS. They are also good supporters of activities of our neighbouring APS groups.

Robin provides real care and concern for our members, visiting the sick in hospital, organising flowers and cards and ensuring that all feel special and loved. Ron is a talented wood turner and presents all our guest speakers with a handcrafted gift as a token of appreciation. The devotion and commitment that Robin and Ron have shown to APS is a gift to be treasured and Life membership of APS is an important way to show our appreciation.