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Robert Cairns Anderson (1885–1954)

On Thursday morning, Mr. Robert Cairns Anderson died at his residence, 263 Lake Street, Cairns, at the age of 69.

The deceased was born in Cairns and was a son of one of the early pioneers of this city. He received his education in Cairns, and after leaving school joined the Post Office staff and was stationed in various towns in Queensland.

In 1908 he married Miss Hilda Franzmann, of Ravenswood, in Cairns. In 1912 he left the Post Office staff and joined the Railway Department as a telegraphist, which position he left in 1914 when he joined the first A.I.F. and served with the 9th Battalion in France, where he was wounded and returned to Australia in 1917. After a period of convalescence he rejoined the Railway Department until his retirement in 1945.

Since 1927 he resided at 263 Lake Street. The last few years of his life were spent in indifferent health.

The deceased is survived by his widow, three daughters, Mrs. L. G. Townson, of Gordonvale, Mrs. J. Martin, of Redlynch, and Mrs. W. L. Courtney, of Enmore Estate, six sons, Messrs. T. Anderson, Enmore Estate, R. H. Anderson, Gordonvale, E. Anderson, Gordonvale, A. Anderson, West Cairns, C. A. Anderson, Cairns, and S. Anderson, Edge Hill, and also 21 grandchildren.

The funeral moved from St. John's Church of England, Lake Street, Cairns, at 5 o'clock yesterday afternoon, Rev. T. Firth officiating in the church and at the graveside.

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Cairns, Queensland, Australia


21 January, 1954 (aged ~ 69)
Cairns, Queensland, Australia

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