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Elliot, Robert (1827–1891)

The death of Robert Elliot, of Brim Springs, which occurred at his brother-in-law's (Mr. S. Carter) homestead at Walmer, on Monday, removes an old resident who had done valuable work in his time and whose loss will be severely felt by a large family and a very large circle of friends who held his sterling and genial character in high estimation. He was born in the year 1827 at the town of Hawick, in the county of Roxburgh, Scotland, his father, we understand, being a sheep farmer, and came to Victoria 35 years ago. In 1860 he married Miss Elizabeth Carter, sister of Mr. Samuel Cauter and was taken into partnership with the late Mr. Carter senior and his sons. Eight years later Mr. Elliot took up some land at Ararat, naming the place Bald Hill, and here he lived for twelve years, taking an active interest in local affairs and earning a sound reputation as a good and useful citizen. Mr. Elliot was for nearly the whole of the time he resided at Ararat a member of the shire and was twice chosen by his brother councillors to fill the chair as president. During these years he had owned two stations on the Murray, vie, Wabba Wabba and St. James, but selection in these localities setting in extensively he found it necessary to dispose of his interest in those holdings, and eleven years ago he sold off at Bald Hill and came back to this district and took up the pre-emptive right at Brim Springs, a portion of the run formerly the property of Mr. Carter and Sons. Mr. Elliot was appointed a justice of the peace several years ago, but was never sworn in. Four years ago the postal requirements of the population having outgrown the institution of a loose-bag service, a post office was established, and Mr. Elliot was appointed postmaster at Brim Springs. The remains of the deceased gentleman were interred in the Horsham cemetery on Wednesday, the funeral moving front Walmer in the afternoon, and being attended by a number of sorrowing friends. The cause of death was a general breaking up of the system, and he was attended by Dr. Cross. His last moments were solaced by the presence of most of his family, the members of which, now bereaved, comprise the widow, four sons and three daughters, one of the latter being the wife of Mr. George Carter of Rosebrook. The service at the grave was performed by the Rev. G. T. Lee, Presbyterian missionary, and all the arrangements for the funeral were effectively carried out by Messrs. Walters Bros.

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'Elliot, Robert (1827–1891)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/elliot-robert-14527/text25635, accessed 25 April 2018.

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