Not only did the school grow in size during this period but also in importance and standing in the community. The foundations of the school tradition were firmly laid.
His staff and the many hundreds of students who knew him as their headmaster retain a vivid memory of his professional example – his honesty of purpose, his sincerity, his personal integrity, his humanity. His acute understanding of human nature led him to refrain from judging others too harshly; to look always for the good in those with whom he came in contact and to promote the welfare of his colleagues and pupils.
Thus he enlisted spontaneous co-operation and inspired confidence.
He was gifted in many directions in the creative fields and gave unstintingly of his talents both to the school and the people of Hobart. Among his diverse interests were acting, reading, art and music.
The influence of Robert Hudspeth still inspires those who loved and respected him.