John Roberts Hoskins was mayor of Bendigo in 1902, when a King Edward VII coronation medal was issued inscribed with his name.

Hoskins' interests in the region included the mining company Hoskins & Co, which distinguished itself on the late Derwent Reef United Company's leased ground in 1868 by achieving a yield of over an ounce to the ton. In the late 1870s John R. Hoskins formed a estate agency in partnership with Frederick Illingworth. He was also manager of the New Nil Desperandum, formed to work the shaft of the old Raywood mine, from 1906 to 1908.

Hoskins Street, Bendigo, may be named after Hoskins or members of his family.

Bendigo history website, accessed 20 Jan 2004
'Frederick Illingworth' in Australian Dictionary of Biography, accessed 31 July 2009

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