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Charles Roberts (1832–1903)

On Wednesday morning, about 7 o'clock, Richmond was shocked by the news of the untimely death of Mr Charles Roberts, an old and highly-respected resident of the town. Mr Roberts had always been a very healthy and robust man. He had a slight illness about six weeks ago. He complained of pains resembling a slight attack of rheumatics in the shoulder before going to bed on Tuesday night, but there was nothing to cause alarm. Deceased rose in the morning and had his programme of business laid out for the day, anticipating having his breakfast and going off to Kurrajong. He was sitting on a chair beside the kitchen fire, while his daughter was preparing breakfast. The first intimation she received that there was something wrong was a gurgling sound behind her, and on looking to ascertain the cause she was horrified to see her father falling in an unconscious condition to the floor. She rushed to his assistance, but he expired almost immediately. The deceased was never under medical treatment at any time, and always loudly proclaimed his lack of faith in doctors. The late Mr Roberts was a native of this district, having been born near Marsden Park on the Blacktown Road. He opened a butchering business in March-street, Richmond, about 36 years ago, which he carried on until about four months since. In the good old 'forties' the late Mr Roberts was a great man among blood horses, and owned some noted performers. He was 68 years of age at the time of his death, and leaves a family of four daughters, viz— Mrs W. H. Dalton, Mrs H. Khodin (Arncliffe), and Misses Jessie and Mary Roberts, who live at home. The deceased was a man of many sterling qualities, and possessed a great capacity for business. He will be much missed in Richmond, and profound sympathy is felt for the family. The interment took place on Thursday, the remains being buried in the Church of England Cemetery by Mr A. Price. Rev J. Howell Price officiated at the grave.

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Life Summary [details]


5 April, 1832
Richmond, New South Wales, Australia


2 September, 1903 (aged 71)
Richmond, New South Wales, Australia

Cause of Death

heart disease

Religious Influence

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