Family History Always Popular

Murchison Historical Society receives many enquiries from people researching their family history and a recent enquiry was in connection to the Roberts family, a very notable family in both Rushworth and Murchison. In particular, a handsome memorial stands in the Murchison Riverbank gardens as well as two memorial plaques in Christ Church Anglican Church in Murchison honouring the death of Lt. James Charles Roberts who was killed at the Boer War.

Memorial to Lt. James Charles Roberts Riverbank Gardens Murchison

Memorial to Lt. James Charles Roberts Riverbank Gardens Murchison

James was born in 1872 and Baptised in St. Pauls Anglican Church Rushworth as his family were storekeepers in the town. He attended the Primary School in Rushworth and his secondary Education was undertaken in Melbourne where he gained his Matriculation Certificate from Carlton College.
In later years his family lived in Murchison and ran the Coffee Palace that was situated opposite the present day swimming pool and he attended Christ Church Murchison regularly.
After graduating from Melbourne University as a Civil Engineer, James spent some time working on the family farm at Moora then returned to University to study medicine.
He was a member of the Murchison detachment of the Victorian Mounted Rifles and went to South Africa to serve in the Boer War. Sadly, James met his death in February 1900 during a fierce battle at Rensburg South Africa, when greatly outnumbered by the enemy.
His parents were John Henderson Roberts and Ellen Sayers (Roberts) and they had 10 children.
Jennifer Vallely who is enquiring about the Roberts family, is keen to know if there are any Roberts family in the area. Her father’s name was Colin Henderson Roberts and his father’s name was Albert Victor Roberts who married Anna Maude Draper (Roberts). Albert was James Charles brother born 1874.
Jennifer can be contacted by email: Please get in touch with Jennifer if you are related to this family.

Lt. James Charles Roberts killed at the Boer War (Image courtesy Australian War Memorial)

Lt. James Charles Roberts killed at the Boer War (Image courtesy Australian War Memorial)



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2 Responses to Family History Always Popular

  1. Lenore Frost says:

    Hello folks, I’ve enjoyed reading the blog of your doings. The redevelopment of the museum looks exciting and I hope it works out well. I’ve added your blog to the RHSV Blog List, which you can see here.

    Good luck and best wishes,

    Lenore Frost

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