Personal profile: Mr Robin Walpole
Robin Walpole was born, educated and began his engineering career in Queensland. Career choices outside Queensland saw him move firstly to Adelaide, then to Sydney and Newcastle – and again back to Sydney. He is a retired civil engineer who specialized in railway infrastructure planning and maintenance and has worked extensively throughout most of the Australian railway systems and in Africa and SE Asia. He relocated from Sydney in 2010 to Tasmania as General Manager Infrastructure with Tasrail to oversee the technical and practical aspects of rebuilding the Tasmanian railway network. He retired in Launceston in 2014.
He has family connections with Hobart – his grandfather and family settled at Claremont (Cadbury’s) in 1921, his father was educated at The Friends School and as a school boy he spent nearly every second Christmas with family in Hobart. His current principal distraction is bushwalking – particularly in Tasmania – but also on the mainland and an occasional foray overseas.