HENRY Robert John

Male 1857 - 1945  (88 years)


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  • Name HENRY Robert John 
    Born 1857  Ballytaggart, Antrim, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Died 30 Mar 1945  Qld, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Person ID I7332  The Tree of Me
    Last Modified 21 Jan 2017 

    Father HENRY James Moore,   b. c1823, Ballytaggart, Antrim, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother HANNAH Rose Black,   b. c1825, Culbane, Antrim, Northern Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 30 Apr 1849  Presbyterian Church, Kilraghts, Antrim, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Family ID F3314  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family HOLMES Catherine,   b. 4 Jul 1867, Garvagh, Derry, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Mar 1938, Toowoomba, Qld, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years) 
    Married 31 May 1888  Jennings, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 4
    Children 
     1. HENRY James,   b. 25 Aug 1890, Constance St, Fortitude Valley, Qld, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Aug 1964, Toowoomba, Qld, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years)
     2. HENRY Robert Holmes,   b. 21 Feb 1892, Qld, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Jan 1957, Armidale, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years)
     3. HENRY Rose Hannah Kerr,   b. 1 Sep 1893, Hillgrove, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aug 1960  (Age 66 years)
     4. HENRY Matthew,   b. 4 Jan 1896, Hillgrove, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Dec 1897, Hillgrove, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 1 years)
     5. HENRY Jane McCook,   b. 4 Jan 1899, Hillgrove, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Mar 1900, Hillgrove, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 1 years)
     6. HENRY Hessie,   b. 12 May 1901, Hillgrove, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Aug 1973, Toowoomba, Qld, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years)
     7. HENRY Matthew Alexander,   b. 31 Jul 1906, Hillgrove, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Jan 1962, Toowoomba, Qld, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 55 years)
     8. HENRY John Archibald,   b. 23 Mar 1909,   d. 12 Dec 1909, Hillgrove, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
    Last Modified 12 Oct 2019 
    Family ID F4298  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 31 May 1888 - Jennings, NSW, Australia Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • Electoral Roll 1906 Hillgrove

      HENRY Catherine Hillgrove domestic duties
      Robert John teamster

      Robert Henry drove a 24 horse team hauling freight to the Hillgrove goldfield, New England, N.S.W.

      Grandson Bob Henry says

      I can remember him as a white bearded old man living a hermit’s existance at Lyra. He used to give me incredibly hot peppermints when we paid our annual visit and advise me -”Never touch the demon rum Jimmie! It’s a pity he didn’t take his own advice!

      ROBERT JOHN HENRY
      THE TENTERFIELD STAR
      Monday April 9, 1945.
      Obituary Mr R.J. Henry
      One of the oldest residents of Wallangarra and district, Mr Robert John Henry passed away at his property near Lyra, on Good Friday afternoon, at the ripe old age of 87 years.
      He was born in Ballyteggert (sic), County Antrim, Northern Island, in 1858, and came to Australia when a young man of 22 years, and landed in Brisbane, where he purchased a dray and several horses and engaged in carrying.
      Shortly afterwards he shifted to this district with his dray and horses, and was engaged with them on the construction of the railway line from Stanthorpe to Wallangarra, from its commencement until completion, also on the construction of the Wallangarra railway line.
      It was here that he met his partner in life, Miss Holmes, and they were married over 60 years ago. Their marriage ceremony was quite unique. In those days there was no church at Wallangarra, and they were married beneath the shade of a tree at Jennings, the officiating minister journeying from Tenterfield per horseback.
      On completion of the railway line, he and his wife moved to the Hillgrove mining centre, near Armidale where he followed the pursuit as a carrier. by this time he had acquired a fine team of horses and a large fourñwheeled waggonø. Better known right throughout the New England and Stanthorpe districts as Old Bob Henry, he and this team became quite famous, and many were the long and difficult jobs, such as shifting of heavy machinery through mountainous country such as Sundown, Hillgrove, Red Rock, and other almost inaccessible places were entrusted to him and always successfully carried out. In those days there were not any motor lorries, and Old Bob and his team, of which he was very proud and took the greatest care, He was much sought after, from Stanthorpe to Armidale, wherever heavy, big and intricate carrying jobs cropped up! He took them all on and he and his team were never idle.
      His wife predeceased him many years ago, and with his family grown up, and the entrance of motor lorries into the field, he gave up his carrying job some 20 years ago, and retired to a property at Lyra. He elected to live by himself and had lived there alone, right up to the time of his death. With his passing goes one of the oldest, if not the oldest, pioneer of this district, and one who was known far and wide and always respected. He leaves a grown up family of three sons and two daughters, James Henry (Toowoomba), Matthew Henry (Toowoomba), Robert Henry (Armidale), Mrs S. Collins and Miss H. Henry (both of Newstead, Brisbane). He was laid to rest at the Wallangarra Cemetery on Easter Sunday afternoon, the Rev. C.T. Knibb, B.A., officiating. Mr Willmott, Stanthorpe, had charge of the funeral arrangements.

  • Sources 
    1. [S171] Mavis McCook.

    2. [S186] Northamptonshire, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1532- 1812, 002562 985.

    3. [S233] Ireland, Select Marriages, 1619-1898, FHL Film 101303.

    4. [S6] 1888 7370.