SINGING THE PRAISES OF FAMILY
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.