About Elizabeth Jane (Bessie) Robinson
Elizabeth Jane (‘Bessie’) Robinson was a businesswoman who drove the development of the central west town of Canowindra and advocated for quality public education.
Bessie’s land stretched from present-day Gaskill Street to Clyburn Street. The Old Vic Inn now stands on the site of The Victoria Hotel built on Bessie’s land, which she ran from 1868 until the early 1900s.
In the early 1870s Bessie began campaigning for better education in Canowindra, following which, in 1875, the government agreed to set up a state school. Bessie was also instrumental in building modern-day Canowindra, developing her land for residential and commercial purposes.
- Street address:The Old Vic Inn 56 Gaskill St, Canowindra 2804
- Traditional name:Canowindra is on the lands of the Wiradjuri people
- Wheelchair accessible
- Business and industry