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Wise, Robert (1818–1904)

The funeral of the late Mr. Robert Wise took place on Friday afternoon, and was largely attended by relatives and friends. Deceased was a very old resident of the Norfolk Plains district, being the last of a sturdy race of settlers who arrived in the early part of last century. He came out to Sydney with his parents from England, and was seven months on the voyage. Soon afterwards they crossed to Tasmania; the voyage from Sydney taking seven weeks. There were several daughters, and one other son, the late Mr. Richard Wise, one of, if not the last survivor, of those who were out on Governor Arthur's "famous line" in search of the blacks; this brother died several years ago. Mr. Wise lived 82 years on the farm, and was married twice, being the father of 27 children. During his long life he was known as a good neighbour, and a thoroughly honest, straightforward man, one whose word was his bond. In his simple home life he was a good husband and a loving father, and the distress shown at the grave by his large family of sons and daughters testified to the love felt towards him. The Rev. L. Tarleton officiated at the grave, and delivered a short address, in which he said he had been struck with the patience and humility shown by the deceased during a long time of severe illness.

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Additional Resources

  • death notice, Daily Telegraph (Launceston, Tas), 28 April 1904, p 1

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4 January 1818
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia


27 April 1904
Longford, Tasmania, Australia

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