Robert Elliot Hartley

(29/04/1877 - 15/11/1948)

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Born: 29/04/1877 at Queensland, Australia Certified Father: William James Hartley (21/04/1845 - 31/08/1898)
Died: 15/11/1948 Certified Mother: Maria Freeman Byram (00/00/1849 - 06/11/1938)
Children: Dorothy Florence Hartley (Born 08/09/1906)
Claude Robert Hartley (Born 12/07/1908)
Robert Lionel Hartley (05/05/1910 - 13/06/1981)
Colin Elliot Hartley (15/05/1912 - 23/03/1999)
Daphne Agnes Hartley (Born 21/02/1914)
Douglas Francis Hartley (Born 28/05/1916)
Hazel Isobel Hartley (Born 26/09/1918)
Siblings: Elizabeth Jane Hartley (13/09/1873 - 10/11/1901)
Harold Leslie Hartley (27/05/1875 - 23/08/1958)
George Stewart Hartley (05/04/1880 - 05/04/1880)
Ella Maria Hartley (05/10/1881 - 06/01/1971)
Edith Hartley (Born 06/07/1884)
William Stewart Hartley (01/08/1887 - 00/05/1968)
Hilda Freeman Hartley (30/04/1890 - 06/05/1948)

Florence Minnie Fulton on 16/08/1904 at Queensland, Australia Certified


Birth Ref: 1877/B022164 (B = Birth Registered in Brisbane)

He attended the Cooktown Boys' School (at some time between Jan 1885 and May 1889) []

Electoral Roll: 1936 he resided at 68 Wharf Street, Rockhampton. Occupation: Insurance Assessor.

Died: at Hillcrest Priv. Hospital, Rockhampton.
Funeral at Hartley Memorial Church, Rockhampton

Section from a clipping from Grandma's scrapbook reads:

Mr R E Hartley

The death occurred in a private hospital on Monday night of Mr RE Hartley. Mr Hartley was best known as an industrial advocate, particularly for Mt Morgan Ltd, and as a member of the Rockhampton Harbour Board. Mr Hartley also was an insurance assessor and valuator and a registered tax agent.

Mr Hartley was born in Brisbane in 1877 and was the second son of the late Mr WJ Hartley, Police Magistrate at Mackay, Blackall and Rockhampton.

He was educated at Blackall and was junior clerk in the Blackall Shire Council and Kargoolnah Divisional Board.

In 1893 he joined the staff of Walter Reid and Co. and in his 12 years' service he rose to the position of town traveller. In 1905 he was in charge of the butter department of the CQME Co. Ltd at Lakes Creek.

Municipal honours attracted him in 1906, when he was elected to the North Rockhampton Town Council, holding the position of Mayor from 1907 to 1908. In 1908 he was elected to the Rochampton Harbour Board and also started an insurance and commission agent's business. In 1915 he became industrial advocate for Mt Morgan Gold Mining Co. and other large employers and has been intemately associated with most of the arbitration cases in Queensland.
When the first Greater Rockhampton elections took place, Mr Hartley was elected Mayor in the years 1919 and 1921.

An ardent New Stater, Mr Hartley was secretary to the League until 1914. He was also secretary of the Friendly Societies Institute for 23 years and of the Fire Brigade Board for eight.

Mr Hartley, in his youth, played for the Rockhampton Cricket Club and the Wanderers' Football Club.

For a number of years he was secretary of the Master Builders' Association and at one time was manager of the IOA Insurance Co.

Mr Hartley was a member of the executive committee of the Queensland Coal Owner's Association and for many years represented the Harbour Board in the Chamber of commerce. He was also a member of the Central Queensland Advancement League.

He leaves a widow and four sons - Claude (Rockhampton), Robert (Brisbane), Colin and Douglas (Mt Morgan) and three daughters, Mesdames Dorothy Wright (Rockhampton), Daphne Davis (Townsville), Hazel Wilhelmsen (Rockhampton) and 15 grand-children.

Harbour Board Tribute

"Mr Hartley was always first in fighting the tapering rates used by the Railway Department to the disadvantage of water-borne transport" said the chairman of the Rockhampton Harbour Board (Mr AC Anderson) at the board's meeting yesterday.

"Prior to his death, in co-operation with the Gladstone Harbour Board, he was preparing a case on this matter for presentation to the State Government" the chairman continued.

The chairman said that for more than 35 years Mr Hartley had been an outstanding figure in the Rockhampton Harbour Board. He was first elected to the board in June 1909 and remained a member until 1929. He was again elected in August 1930 and remained a member until August 1933.

Mr AH Paterson said that at Lakes Creek Mr Hartley was just as forceful and outstanding as the RE Hartley who sat on the Harbour Board. "He held decided opinions and arrived at his conclusions step by step" Mr Paterson continued "I am sure all will miss him verymuch, but we have his example to followand we must try to keep this board a living entity and make it and influence in the district".

The chairman moved that the board place on record its appreciation of Mr Hartley's valued services, that it convey to his widow such appreciation as it could, and the members' regret at his death.

Robert Elliott, Aged 71, parents: William James Hartley & Maria Freeman Byram, died: 15.11.1948 Burried: North Rockhampton Cemetery, Methodist Section 12, Row 8, Grave 47. (Sourch: Rockhampton Cemetery Lookups - via email).

Death Ref: 1948/005019

Marriage Ref: 1904/002028

Robert Elliott Hartley resided at 190 Derby Street in 1903 (along with his mother Maria Freeman Hartley). In 1930 he resided at 36 Oswald Street, Rockhampton (along with Dorothy and Florence). Occupation: Home Duties.
- Source: Electoral rolls

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