By Christopher Robbins An American Family in Oz Written on July 18, 2018 Sunny cool winter greetings from your American Family in Oz. It’s a brisk...
Author - Christopher J. Robbins
Christopher J Robbins was born in 1968, the last of eleven children of Paul and Jean Robbins of Saint Clair Michigan.
He grew up on Belle River Road…. affectionately referred to as Dog Patch (Courtesy of Uncle Joe McKay
RIP). He was raised by Jean E. Robbins and Paul L. Robbins and 10 older siblings. Baptized, 1st Communion, 1st
Confession and Confirmation at Saint Mary’s Catholic Church.
Graduated St. Clair High School in 1986. Played football (OG and LB) for Benny where we had < 5 pass
plays in O; Quiz Bowl Team, National Honor Society, School Play (Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, Mr.
Attended Eastern Michigan University 1986-1988.
Transferred to University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in Fall of 1988 to pursue Chemical Engineering degree.
Graduated UM in May 1991 B.S. Chemical Engineering. Received job offers from: General Electric, NCR,
Chevron (El Segundo California); Chevron, Richmond, CA. Exxon Chemical: Linden, NJ. Dow Chemical,
Freeport TX. Exxon Company USA, Baton Rouge, LA, Exxon Chemical, Baton Rouge, LA. Accepted offer
from Exxon Company USA, Baton Rouge, LA.
Worked for Exxon Company USA, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 1991-1993. Unit Engineer in Wax and Lube
Refinery Unit. Survivor of multiple Mardi Gras’. Many Scuba Excursions: Florida Panhandle. Lots of
Crawfish Boils. Acquired 1979 Porsche 911 Carrera, Copper Brown Metallic, Cork Leather Interior. Drove
Worked for Elf Atochem North America in Philadelphia, PA 1993-1996 as Technical Service Applications
Engineer. Specialized in organic chemicals…specifically nitrogen-based Amine chemistry. Supplied
technical assistance to customers and sales forces throughout the world. Boiler Water Corrosion
Control, Runaway Polymerization Reaction Control etc.
Brew Master: Quay Street Brewing Company, Port Huron, MI. 1996-1998. Developed recipes for
several beers including Robbins Red Ale, Port Huron-Style Kolsch and Pilsner, Ginger Beer and many
Substitute Teacher in East China School District: 1998-1999.
Surveyor and Civil Engineer (Emphasis on Construction Engineering) with Spalding DeDecker Associates,
Rochester Hills, MI: 1999-2014
Self-Taught Civil Engineer. Became a Licensed Professional Engineer in State of Michigan, 2003.
Met my Australian wife, Maria, at family wedding on Maui in May 2009.
Married Maria in August 2010 at friend’s house on the St. Clair River in East China Twp. (Best Decision
I’ve ever made). Judge Cynthia Platzer officiated. Witnesses: Bill and Cris Nesbitt, Gerry & Patti Mason.
Ringbearer: John Deaver-Chang Mason.
Worked for Fleis & Vandenbrink, Engineering Company. Karegnondi Water Pipe Line. 2014-2015.
Moved to Oz in October 2015.
John Louis Robbins born at Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney: Nov 2015.
Stay at Home Dad in Oz: Nov 2015 to Present.
Writer for Blue Water Healthy Living: Beginning July 4, 2018. Ending: TBD
Christian, Husband, Father, Engineer, Thinker. Lover of Life. Faith. Family. Friends. American Football.