Who was Nellie Payne?

Honour roll for Roberts & Co. Carved 1919, recarved 1920.


excerpt from Ellen Nora Payne-Woodcarver of Tasmania by Russell Atkinson

“The cedar honour roll carved for Roberts & Co, Hobart had not been long installed in the offices of that firm when a fire in the building partly destroyed it.  The firm appealed to Mrs Payne, who thereupon restored the burnt part and recarved it so cleverly that it no longer showed any sign of having been damaged” 

Over the last one hundred and fifty years Roberts Limited has forged a unique place for itself in the history of Tasmania, and Australia.
From its inception as Kemp, Roberts & Co in 1865, through to its evolution as Roberts Limited, the company has consistently contributed to the development of Tasmanian agriculture. Its commitment to serving the needs of rural producers and communities, and supporting them through the challenges of economic downtown, drought, flood and bushfire, has established the company as a mainstay of Tasmania’s agriculture industry.