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Robert Fairbairn (1841 - 1922)

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Robert Fairbairn
Born in Bunbury, Western Australia, Australiamap
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married in St John's Church, Albany, Western Australia, Australiamap
Died in The Pindan, The Esplanade, Peppermint Grove, Cottesloe, Western Australia, Australiamap
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ROBERT FAIRBAIRN [1] [2] (Fairbairn-920)

PARENTS. John Fairbairn & Elizabeth (Pollard) Fairbairn

BIRTH. 20 Jun 1841, Bunbury, Western Australia, Australia MARRIAGE (1). 10 Apr 1877, St John's Church, Albany, Western Australia, Australia

MARRIAGE (1). 10 Apr 1877, Fanny Jane Taylor, daughter of Patrick Taylor & Mary Yates (Bussell) Taylor

MARRIAGE (1). WA BDM Marriage Reg: #4257: 1877, Taylor Fanny J; Fairbairn Robert; District of Albany

MARRIAGE (1) NOTICE. FAIRBAIRN — TAYLOR. — At St John's Church, Albany, on the 10th inst., by the Rev. W. Wardell Johnson, Robert Fairbairn, Esq., of Newcastle, to Fanny, youngest daughter of Patrick Taylor, Esq., of Kandiup, Albany.


Death of Spouse (1): 21 Apr 1898, Fremantle, Western Australia, Australia

MARRIAGE (2). 23 Nov 1899, St George's Cathedral, Perth, Western Australia, Australia

MARRIAGE (2). 23 Nov 1899, Frances Sarah Bussell, daughter of Thomas Arthur Bussell & Frances Emily Cotton (Bowker) Bussell

MARRIAGE (2). WA BDM Marriage Reg: #Fairbairn Robert Male Bussell Frances Sarah Female Perth 1373 1899

MARRIAGE (2) NOTICE. FAIRBAIRN—BUSSELL.—On November 23rd, at St George's Cathedral, Perth, by the Very Rev. Dean Goldsmith, ROBERT FAIRBAIRN, Resident Magistrate, Fremantle, to FRANCES SARAH, only daughter of the late T. Arthur Bussell, of Blackheath Park, London. The West Australian (Perth, WA : 1879 - 1954) Tue 28 Nov 1899, Page 4:

Children: No issue

DEATH. 13 Dec 1922, The Pindan, The Esplanade, Peppermint Grove, Cottesloe, Western Australia, Australia

DEATH NOTICE. FAIRBAIRN. On December 13, 1922, at his late residence, the Pindan, The Esplanade, Peppermint Grove, Cottesloe, Robert Fairbairn, J.P, I.S.O, formerly Resident Magistrate, of Fremantle. and dearly beloved husband of Frances Sarah Fairbairn, aged 81 years. Western Mail (Perth, WA : 1885 - 1954) Thu 21 Dec 1922, Page 27:


First Name ROBERT
Fremantle Burial
Aged (Years) 81
Date of Death 13/12/1922
Area or Denomination ANGLICAN
Section MON A
Gravesite 0198
Grant Number F0003133

OBITUARY. Mr. Robert Fairbairn, LSO., JP., died at his residence, Pindan, Peppermint Grove, early yesterday morning, at the age of 81 years. He was the eldest son of Mr. John Fairbairn, who, with Mrs. Fairbairn, came to Western Australia from England with the Australind Colonisation Company, members of which settled in the Bunbury district.

The settlement scheme was a failure, and Mr. Fairbairn's parents went to the Murray district, where they remained until they left the State, and settled in New South Wales, taking with them two brothers and three sisters of the deceased.

Mr. Fairbairn was born in Bunbury. He was educated privately, and, after a short career as a school teacher, he joined the civil service. He advanced in the service, and be was appointed resident magistrate at Greenough in 1873. and later he was resident magis.trate in the Toodyay and also in the Sussex districts.

In 1882 Mr. Fairbairn was appointed a commissioner to inquire into the native question in the northern districts. When he had completed the inquiry he was appointed resident magistrate at Bunbury, and later he occupied a similar position at Fremantle, where he distinguished himself during a period of about twenty-five years. The West Australian (Perth, WA : 1879 - 1954) Thu 14 Dec 1922 Page 6:

Death of Spouse (2): 7 Apr 1925,

Fairbairn Frances S Female Perth 465 1925


Fremantle Burial
Aged (Years) 77
Date of Death 17/04/1925
Area or Denomination ANGLICAN
Section MON A
Gravesite 0198
Grant Number F0003133

Male , b. <1839 – Isabella Fairbairn 1839– lsabella FAIRBAIRN b. 20.4.1839 d. 9.10.1916 Robert Fairbairn 1841–

Fairbairn Jane Ainslie John Pollard Elizabeth Twyford 303 1843 order Fairbairn George John Pollard Elizabeth Dandalup 1117 1848 order Fairbairn Mary Ann John Pollard Elizabeth Dandalup 1337 1849 order Fairbairn James Alexander John Pollard Elizabeth Dandalup 2005 1853 order Fairbairn John Ainslie John Pollard Elizabeth Dandalup 2471 1854

BOWKER, Frances Emily Cotton c.1809-1874:

Frances Emily Cotton Bowker (Mrs Thomas Arthur Bussell) was born about 1809. Her father was Captain John Bowker, Royal Navy, England, and her mother was Mary Bowker (née Yates). Before she married Thomas Arthur Bussell in 1847 she was much involved with the Plymouth Brethren, although coming from a staunch Church of England background. It was through Frances that Charlotte Cookworthy (later to become Mrs John Garrett Bussell – a pioneer of Western Australia) became involved with the Brethren after the death of her first husband, Mr Cookworthy. Charlotte and Frances were great friends and corresponded regularly with each other. Frances’ life was very tragic. Her two sons Charles and Arthur died when young. From her letters it is assumed that she was not in very good health and often away recuperating. Frances was a very religious woman and there is a collection of her religious writings, notes etc under the Miscellaneous section of these papers. She died in 1874.

Mid-1847 Frances marries Thomas Arthur Bussell 9 March 1848. Letter from Eliza Ca... illegible congratulating her on the birth of her first child Frances (Francie Sarah) 198 fols /507-574 Frances first son Arthur born in 1850. Frances’ son William Bussell born on 5 March 1852. Her son Charles was born in 185

Name Thomas Arthur Bussell Event Type Marriage Registration Quarter Apr-May-Jun Registration Year 1847 Registration District Greenwich County London Event Place Greenwich, London, England Volume 5, Page 304, Line Number 39 Thomas Arthur Bussell probably married one of the following people Name Frances Emily ? Bowker


  1. Robert Fairbairn (1841 – 1922): FAIRBAIRN COLLECTION:
  2. History of West Australia/Robert Fairbairn:
  • Marriage (1): WA BDM Marriage Reg: #4257: 1877

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