SINGING THE PRAISES OF FAM­ILY

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Out­side the court­room, John Robert­son is known as Poppy, or Pop­star, and his youngest grand­chil­dren think he’s a po­lice­man.

He is a bari­tone, or a sec­ond tenor if his mu­si­cal di­rec­tor de­mands, who reck­ons he can sing more than 100 songs but his wife will saliently re­mind him he mucks up the lyrics when he breaks into tune at home.

He al­ways con­sid­ered him­self a dog man, but his black RSPCA res­cue cat Remy, named af­ter a House of Cards char­ac­ter, has con­verted him to the fe­line side.

Robert­son speaks proudly of his fam­ily – an im­pres­sive mix of lawyers and med­i­cal pro­fes­sion­als among them.

With his first wife Mar­guerite, a doc­tor who also lives on the Sun­shine Coast, he had three chil­dren - the youngest born two months be­fore he be­gan his own law firm.

Jeremy, 44, Caro­line, 42, and Jonathon, 40, all have four kids each, aged 17 to four.

June Red­man, his wife of the past 16 years, was a triple cer­tifi­cate nurse in a past life but now has a bach­e­lor de­gree in busi­ness, an honours de­gree in science and a PHD in pub­lic health.

He trea­sures her chil­dren too. Leigh, 42, Rob, 39, and Kate, 29, have six chil­dren be­tween them so far, aged 10–11 months.

He says their six chil­dren and 18 grand­chil­dren help him keep in touch with com­mu­nity val­ues.

Each time he donned his “fancy clob­ber” for court sit­tings – an indigo robe with slashes of red tucked at the waist - he looked at a draw­ing from his el­dest grand­daugh­ter.

“To poppy, you are so funny. Love Ni­amh,” reads the art­work stuck to his mir­ror.

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