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Robert John Morgan (1817–1900)

Mr Robert Morgan, sen., who has lived at the Cann River for the past 19 years, died on the 18th inst. at the advanced age of 83 years. A few particulars relating to his eventful career, as supplied by the correspondent of the S. R. Mail, are interesting. He was born in Wales in 1816, and arrived in Sydney from London in the barque Elizabeth in 1830. Seven years later, or when 21 years of age, he started shipbuilding, and followed up the business with considerable success for some years. At that time Victoria, and more especially Gippsland, which was little known and very thinly populated, was claiming a good deal of attention from graziers. Land was being taken up and expeditions fitted out in Sydney to drive cattle overland to occupy the new country. In 1839 Mr Morgan married Miss Robson, and in 1845, accompanied by his brother-in-law and Mr Hoddinot (father of the present member of Parliament of that name) travelled over land with a mob of cattle, their destination being the Port Albert district. Mr Morgan took up a run at Port Albert and afterwards, one at Cape Liptrap. A considerable trade was being done at that time in shipping cattle to Tasmania. Mr Morgan went in for the trade, and built two or three suitable vessels one of which was named the Dobson (his wife's maiden name). Disposing of his interests in the Port Albert district, he removed to Mibost, on the Nicholson River, then in turn to Raymond Island, Metung, Lindenow and finally to Cann River, where he resided up to the time of his death. He lost his first wife in 1853, and the following year married Miss Jane Lucas, who survived him but four days. She had been an invalid for some years, and the news of the death of her husband seemed to sever the last links that bound her to earth. She was 73 years of age, and her remains were laid beside those of her husband. By the two marriages there were 19 children, eleven of whom still survive.

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'Morgan, Robert John (1817–1900)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 15 June 2024.

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Life Summary [details]


11 May, 1817


18 January, 1900 (aged 82)
Cann River, Victoria, Australia

Cause of Death

general debility

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