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Robert Sydney Parkes (1843–1880)

Early this morning, Mr. Robert S. [Sydney] Parkes, eldest son of the Hon. Sir Henry Parkes, died at his residence, Mary-street, Surry Hills, and in consequence of this bereavement the Colonial Secretary was not present at his office this forenoon. Mr Robert Parkes had been for a long time a sufferer from dropsy, resulting from that fatal organic malady Bright's disease. He had been employed in the Government Printing Office as a bookbinder, but for a considerable time past was unable to follow his occupation, through severe indisposition. He leaves a wife and two children.

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'Parkes, Robert Sydney (1843–1880)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 19 June 2024.

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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia


2 January, 1880 (aged ~ 37)
Surry Hills, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Cause of Death

kidney disease

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