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Robert Mackreth Russell (1822–1876)

Our obituary notice contains the name of Robert Macreath Russell, who for many years has held the office of Chief Tide Surveyor in her Majesty's Customs of this city, and whose demise is regretted by a large number of friends and acquaintances. Mr. Russell was the second son of the Honorable Bourne Russell, member of the Legislative Council of this colony. He was a native of England, having been born on the 22nd October, 1822, and came with his parents to the colony in the year 1834. His youth was passed in the Hunter district. In '58 he entered the Customs Department, and for many years past he has filled the office of Tide Surveyor, which duties he carried out with unimpeachable integrity. Signs of failing health made themselves apparent for some two years past, and for the last seven months a very painful illness confined him to his bed till the end time on Sunday morning last. The shipping in port lowered their flags to half-mast as a mark of respect to the deceased. The funeral moved from Lower Fort-street this afternoon, and was largely attended.

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Additional Resources

  • death notice, Maitland Mercury (NSW), 12 September 1876, p 1

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'Russell, Robert Mackreth (1822–1876)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 20 May 2024.

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Life Summary [details]


22 October, 1822
South Shields, Durham, England


10 September, 1876 (aged 53)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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