Clarke, Rowland ‘Rollo’ William

Personal Details

First nameRowland 'Rollo'
Middle nameWilliam
Place of birthSydney, NSW
Date of death08/01/1893
Age at death17 years


Son of William Clarke, Insurance Agent & Mary Sophia Edkins [m.9/01/1868]

Brother of –
Mary Louisa – 3 January 1869
Edith – 1 March 1871
Kate Alice – 22 April 1872
Florence – 14 September 1873
Dora Edwina – 10 May 1877
Charles Edward – 21 November 1878

Cemetery Record

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Grave number71
AddressMt Cornish, Muttaburra
Date of funeral09/01/1893

Died from Enteric fever at Mt Cornish Station
Undertaker SA Clemesha
The Western Champion and General Advertiser for the Central-Western Districts Tuesday 17 January 1893
A CORRESPONDENT sends the following:-At Mount Cornish, on Sunday last, under circumstances more than usually sad, Master Rollo Clarke, nephew of E. R. Edkins, Esq., succumbed to an attack of that dread disease typhoid fever. He had been ailing for three weeks, but no serious result was anticipated till within a few days of his death, and even then great hopes were entertained that he would eventually pull through. However, it was not to be, and the melancholy truth gradually forced itself on his relatives, who were watching him incessantly, that his naturally delicate constitution was unable to battle successfully against the dreadful fever that was rapidly consuming his young life, and in spite of all Dr. Lindsay’s efforts, aided by the best and most gentle nursing, the patient gradually sank and passed quietly away. He was in his 17th year, and had been on the station for about eighteen months, during which time his quiet, kindly disposition had made him such a general favorite that his untimely end brought heartfelt sorrow to all ; and great sympathy was expressed for Mr. and Mrs. Clarke, who reside in Sydney, and Mr. and Mrs. Edkins, in their sad bereavement. The funeral took place on Monday, when a large party from the station followed the remains to the Muttaburra cemetery, where they were interred.
[Source: DEATH AT MOUNT CORNISH. (1893, January 17). The Western Champion and General Advertiser for the Central-Western Districts (Barcaldine, Qld.: 1892 – 1922), p. 6. Retrieved December 19, 2013, from]