Robert Cheyne

#164, (circa 1853-1 March 1913)
FatherJames McCheyne (c 1805-b Nov 1862)
MotherElizabeth Hawthorne1 (1819-5 Mar 1885)
ChartsBarbara Nicholson - ancestors

Short Biography

     Robert was born to Irish parents in the port town of Greenock near Glasgow, Scotland in 1853. His father died when he young, and his mother had difficulty keeping the family together. At 18 he was a carpenter/ joiner and remained at this trade all his life. He emigrated to New Zealand at 21 where he met a Norwegian, Agnette Sorum, and had children with her. After fouteen years, they sailed for Australia where they had another two children. Agnette died in 1901, followed by their 19 year old son six years later; Robert died in 1913 at the age of 60.
Robert Cheyne
     NOTE: The information on this page is my research to date and is subject to change as I become better informed. I very much welcome any corrections or additional info you might have - my email address is at the bottom of this page - Tim Hill.
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Robert Cheyne may have been born circa 1852.2 Robert was born circa 1853 at Greenock, Renfrewshire, Scotland.3,1 He was the son of James McCheyne and Elizabeth Hawthorne.1 Robert Cheyne was also known as John Robert.4

His father died between 1852 and 1861.

Robert was charged with theft and imprisioned on 30 January 1866:
Robert M‘Shane, 14 years of age, and Robert Docherty, 12 years of age, were charged with the theft of vest and a bible, the property of Henry Hamilton Hunt, from board the barque Orange Grove, Saturday last. Both pled guilty, and stated that they went down into the forecastle of the vessel to see if they could get some tobacco but, seeing a chest open, they took the articles. Both bad been previously convicted of theft, and Docherty’s father said he was perfectly agreeable that the son, who was out his control, should sent to the reformatory. Both boys were then sentenced to 14 days’ imprisonment, and thereafter to 3 years in the Reformatory School.2,5



His mother also was involved and was imprisioned for 20 days on 30 January 1866:
Resetting Property Stolen by a Son.— Elizabeth Hawthorne or M‘Shane was charged with the reset of a vest and bible, in the house occupied by her in the Vennel, on Saturday, which articles had been stolen by Robert M'Shane (her son) and Robert Docherty from the barque Orange Grove, she well knowing that the said articles were stolen. Panel pled not guilty. From the evidence led it was shown that the boy M' Shane had taken the articles to his mother. When charged with the reset of the articles, she gave up the bible, but denied all knowledge of the vest. When being about to be locked up she told that she had hid it in ashpit, where it was found torn all to pieces She was found guilty, and sentenced to be imprisoned for 20 days.2,5



If the sentence was carried out, then Robert was imprisioned until mid February, and then in the reform school until Feb 1869.2

Robert used the surname 'Cheyne' in the surviving historical records. However, his family also used the surnames 'McCheyne', 'McShan' and 'McShane.'

He was recorded as living with his mother, his sister and two neices in the 1871 census at 23 Oswald Street (now Heron Street), Calton, Bridgeton, Lanarkshire. He was recorded as being 19 years old.6 His occupation was recorded as being a joiner in the census.1

Robert Cheyne emmigrated from Glasgow on 8 April 1874 on the 'Cartsburn', a 1300 ton sailing ship.7,8 He arrived on 14 July 1874 at Otago, New Zealand.7

He was a joiner in 1885.7 Robert (and presumably his spouse Agnette) lived in 1880 at Dowling Street, Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand.9

He may have married Agnette E. Sörum, daughter of Evan Evanson, circa 1882 at New Zealand. Robert's death certificate indicates that he was married at the age of 29, and Agnette's stated she married at age 28. However, the birth certificate for their second child (born in 1884 when they were both older than these stated ages) indicates that they were not, at least at that stage, married..3,10,11 Robert (and presumably his spouse Agnette) lived in 1887 at Castle Street, Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand.12

Robert and his wife Agnette emmigrated from New Zealand circa March 1888.10 Robert and his wife Agnette arrived at Melbourne circa March 1888.10

Robert and Agnette E. Sörum became the parents of Violet Barbara Cheyne on Wednesday, 11 April 1888 at North Melbourne, Victoria.

The family lived in three houses in quick succession; in 1891 they were firstly at 63 Flemmington Road, North Melbourne; then at 16 Gardner street in Richmond, then at 10 James Street Fitzroy where they settled and stayed until the turn of the century. This was a 5 room house owned by a Henry Wernberg.13,14,15,16 Robert Cheyne witnessed the confirmation of his daughter Lily Hawthorne Cheyne on 11 July 1897 at St. Peter's Eastern Hill, in Melbourne.17

In October 1898 the railways accepted his tender for the contract "for the construction of the sliding doors of four corridor cars, labor only, at £87 10s."18 He presumably lived with his spouse Agnette at at 116 Fitzroy Street in the Melbourne suburb of Fitzroy in July 1901.11,19

His wife Agnette died 19 July 1901 at the aproximate age of 50, leaving him a widower.11 Robert lived in 1905 at at 121 Kerr Street in the Melbourne suburb of Fitzroy.20 Although there is no evidence to confirm that he attended the wedding, his oldest daughter Lily married Henry John Barrett in 1906 at the Melbourne suburb of Fitzroy.21

Tragedy struck again in 1907 with the death of his second son. Arthur was only 19 when he died. Robert, as the father of the bride, attended Violet Barbara Cheyne and Albert Edward Oaten's wedding at at the manse 101 Gore Street on Wednesday, 24 November 1909 at the Melbourne suburb of Fitzroy.. Albert was a boot-last maker.22,23

Robert Cheyne was an employee at at Newport railway workshops in the Melbourne suburb of Newport.24,25,10 Robert lived circa March 1913 at at 868 Nicholson street in the Melbourne suburb of North Fitzroy.10

Robert died on 1 March 1913 at 609 Little Collins street, in Melbourne, of heart disease. He was about 60 years of age.10 His body was interred at Melbourne General Cemetery on 2 March 1913 at the Melbourne suburb of Carlton. Section DD, Grave number 1244A. The inscription reads: "In loving memory of our dear parents Agnette CHEYNE died 19 Jul 1901 age 50 yrs. Robert CHEYNE died 1 Mar 1913 age 60 yrs also their son Arthur Alfred died 14 May 1907 age 19 yrs".26,10

Timeline

DateEventPlace
Family
1852Birth-CAN2
1853BirthGreenock, Renfrewshire, Scotland3,1
1
1866Quotation type 12,5
1871Occupation1
1874Emmigratn-newGlasgow7,8
1874Immigratn-newOtago, New Zealand7
1885Occupation7
1880Occupation-hide9
1880ResidenceDowling Street, Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand9
1885Occupation-hide27
1885Occupation-hideLondon Street, Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand27
1885Residence-hideDunedin, Otago28
1887ResidenceCastle Street, Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand12
1888Emmigratn-newNew Zealand10
1888Immigratn-newMelbourne10
1890Residence-hideDunedin, Otago29
1891Residence-hide at 63 Flemington Road in the Melbourne suburb of North Melbourne13
1892Residence-hide at 16 Gardner Street in the Melbourne suburb of Richmond14
1892Occupation-hide16
1892Residence-hide at 10 James Street in the Melbourne suburb of Fitzroy15,16
1894Occupation-hide30
1894Residence-hideFitzroy31,30
1895Residence-hideFitzroy32
1896Occupation-hide33
1896Residence-hideFitzroy34,35
1897Residence-hideFitzroy36
1898Occupation-hide35
1898Residence-hideFitzroy37,33
1899Residence-hideFitzroy38
1900Residence-hideFitzroy39
1903Residence-hide at 116 Fitzroy Street in the Melbourne suburb of Fitzroy40,41
1903Occupation-hide40,42
1904Residence-hide at 307 Young Street in the Melbourne suburb of Fitzroy43
1905Residence at 121 Kerr Street in the Melbourne suburb of Fitzroy20
1906Residence-hideFitzroy44
1907Residence-hideFitzroy45
1908Residence-hideFitzroy46
1909Residence-hideFitzroy42,47
1910Residence-hideFitzroy48
Occupation at Newport railway workshops in the Melbourne suburb of Newport24,25,10
1913Residence at 868 Nicholson street in the Melbourne suburb of North Fitzroy10
1913Death609 Little Collins street, in Melbourne10
1913Burial at Melbourne General Cemetery in the Melbourne suburb of Carlton26,10

Family

Agnette E. Sörum (c 1849-19 Jul 1901)
Children

Citations

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