Jim Robinson Alan
James 'Jim' Robinson (Junior) 1985-1993
Born: c. 1940
Parents: James and Bess Robinson
Marital Status: Anne Daniels (died 1973), Beverly Marshall
Children: Paul, Glen, Scott and Lucy; Julie (adoptive)
Family Tree: Robinson
only child, Jim Robinson lost his father, James, at a young
age when he was killed during the Second World War. His flighty
mother Bess coped with her loss by travelling around the world
leaving Jim behind with various relatives. This caused unease
between mother and son in later life.
studying Engineering at university, Jim fell in love with
Anne Daniels. They quickly married and set up home at No.
26 Ramsay Street, Erinsborough and Anne gave birth to a son,
Paul in 1963. Things were going well for the couple until
an event which would change both their lives forever. Jim
was working at an engineering firm at the time and the couple
became close friends with Jim's boss Roger Bannon and his
wife, Joyce. However, one night while Jim was away on business,
Roger and Anne found themselves alone. Anne was shocked when
he propositioned her but politely turned him down. Fighting
back, Bannon raped Anne and she became pregnant. Jim was so
upset by what had happened that he moved out for a time until
he eventually patched things up with Anne and agreed to raise
the child as his own. The result was a daughter, Julie.
Anne gave birth to another son, Scott, in 1968 but the family was disrupted again when
Jim was called up for service in the Vietnam War. He was away
from his family for a long time. He sought comfort in a nurse
he met there, Maureen Donnelly, and they slept together. Once
Jim had returned to Australia, Maureen discovered she was
pregnant and later gave birth to a son, Glen. She never told
Jim of this and he never knew Glen existed.
were really coming together for the Robinsons as they entered
the 1970s. In late 1972, Anne was delighted to find out she
was pregnant again and Jim went into partnership with an old
uni mate, Ross Warner, in an engineering firm. But tragedy
struck when Anne died after giving birth to baby Lucy in 1973.
Jim was so grief-stricken that Anne's mother, Helen
Daniels, moved in to help Jim raise the children. From
then on, Jim and Helen became life long companions to each
other and a strong bond developed between the two.
took Jim a long time to date again. He had a brief relationship
with Anna Rossi, sister-in-law of his best friend and next
door neighbour Max Ramsay, before
committing to his first relationship since Anne's death with
son Paul's secretary Zoe Davis. His relationship with Zoe
caused problems for both Paul and Lucy due to her being twenty
years Jim's junior. Lucy took the relationship so badly that
she did everything possible to break up the two including
plaguing Zoe with nuisance phone calls for several weeks.
Paul was against the relationship mainly because he was secretly
in love with Zoe himself. Nonetheless, the relationship continued
and Zoe became pregnant. Jim proposed but after Zoe miscarried
and was told she'd never be able to conceive again, she left
Erinsborough. Jim's next romance came with British traveller
Ruth Wilson, who he met on a plane returning from America.
Ruth stayed at No. 26 for a few weeks, where she was welcomed
into the Robinson family - even by Lucy, before returning
the years, Jim saw his children grow up and fly the coop.
Julie left Erinsborough in 1986 to marry bank manager Philip
Martin and Paul moved out when he became manager of Lassiter's
Hotel, owned by Anne's sister, Rosemary.
Friction developed between Jim and youngest son Scott when,
at the age of 18, Scott announced he was going to marry childhood
sweetheart Charlene Mitchell.
But Jim gave the couple his blessing after Helen reminded
him that he was the same age as Scott when he and Anne married.
always had a love for cars and was thrilled when he had the
opportunity to buy and race an old motor racing car. The only
problem that stood in his way was the theory that the racing
car was jinxed. Although Jim maintained it was nothing but
superstition, his family urged him not to race it for fear
of what might happen to him - after all, this car had killed
its three previous owners - one of whom was the ex-husband
of Paul's fiancee, Gail Lewis. Nonetheless, Jim insisted he
would race the car and asked Gail's mechanic father, Rob,
to help him restore her. But when Jim finally came to sit
behind the wheel, he began to think about the pleas of little
Lucy begging him not to race it and so, put aside his dream
of racing in the Classic 500. Jim did satisfy his love of
cars, however, by buying 50 percent of Rob's garage. And after
Rob's death, Jim bought the whole business - renaming it Robinsons
blossomed for Jim when his cousin Hilary introduced him to
her friend from Adelaide, Dr. Beverly Marshall. The couple
initially couldn't stand to be around one another but eventually
realised they were made for eachother and married. Their honeymoon
was short lived due to the arrival of Bev's niece and nephew,
Katie and Todd
Landers whose parents where having marriage problems.
Jim reluctantly agreed to let them stay at No. 26 while their
parents sorted out their marriage and eventually grew fond
of the two, particularly Todd, who became like a son to Jim.
desperately wanted a child of her own but Jim was always more
reluctant now that his kids were all fully grown. Nonetheless,
Beverly became pregnant but miscarried. This caused a serious
rift in their marriage and even more so when Beverly wanted
to foster an abandoned child she found at her surgery. Jim
agreed for the sake of their marriage but after a few months,
baby Rhys was returned to his mother. Bev was heartbroken
and inconsolable. She started to push Jim further and further
away until she discovered she was pregnant again. Her happiness
was short-lived though when she miscarried for a second time.
The couple separated after this and Beverly moved into the
flat above her surgery, taking Todd with her (Katie had returned
to her mother in Adelaide). When Beverly's old flame, Ewan
O'Brien, arrived in Erinsborough to work with Beverly on a
research project on the ageing process, Jim and Beverly realised
that there was no future for their marriage and Beverly left
for Perth with Ewan. The couple managed to part on amicable
terms though and Jim even agreed to let Todd stay with him
again, Jim was shocked by the arrival of long-lost son Glen
on his doorstep because he never knew he existed. However,
having come to terms with the fact that he had fathered another
son, Jim welcomed Glen into the family and they made up for
lost time. Paul, however, refused to accept Glen as his half-brother
and a rift developed between him and Jim that lasted for months.
Youngest daughter Lucy also returned from boarding school
and the Robinson house was full of life again. But tragedy
struck when Todd died tragically after being knocked down
by a van. Jim was devastated to lose Todd and delivered a
moving eulogy at his funeral.
had a brief romance with Caroline
Alessi but because she was younger than him, he ended
it fearing he'd make the same mistake he had with Zoe. Soon
after, daughter Julie returned to Erinsborough with her new
family just as Paul, Lucy and Glen had left Erinsborough.
The arrival of Julie and her family gave Jim a new lease of
life and he got the chance to spoil his eldest grandchild,
Hannah. But health worries
surfaced for Jim when he had a massive heart attack following
a bike race one day. He recovered after bypass surgery and
was advised to take things easy. Next door neighbour Pam
Willis, a nurse at Erinsborough Hospital, helped Jim get
back on his feet and as they spent more and more time together,
began to develop feelings for each other. Pam and husband
Doug, a mate of Jim's, were
separated at the time due to Doug's infidelity but it was
clear from the start that there was no future for Pam and
Jim and she eventually reunited with Doug.
scheming Fiona Hartman arrived in Erinsborough, she set her
sights on Jim immediately knowing he was a reasonably wealthy
man. Jim was oblivious to the fact that Fiona was a gold-digger,
ignoring warnings from his family. Fiona managed to persuade
Jim to invest in a hair salon with her and it wasn't long
before she wrangled her way into No. 26. Helen and Julie warned
Jim that she was only out for what she could get but Jim refused
to believe them. The stress he experienced as a result of
all the feuding resulted in another heart attack, this time
fatal. While playing with little Hannah in the garden, Jim
developed chest pains and decided to go inside for a nap.
But once he got in the door, he collapsed on the kitchen floor
of the home he had lived in for over 30 years and died.
• Jim read Mark Twain’s book Huckleberry Fin to Paul as a child and used different voices for all the characters
• Jim was a keen amateur geologist
• He enjoyed golf and jogging
Episode 1: The First Episode
Episode 661: Jim and Bev's Wedding
Episode 1904: Jim's