Robert Morris, Headmaster of Titchmarsh School, 1862

Ian received an email from Phillipa Morris in Australia whose ancestor, Robert Morris was the headmaster at Titchmarsh School in 1862/63.

It seems that in 1865 Robert, his wife and five children sailed for 78 days on the Great Victoria, arriving at Moreton Bay on the last day of the year.  In February 1866 he was the headteacher at Laidley, a small community 83 km west of Brisbane but within a month was dead, dying sometime around the 3rd March.  His wife Mary Ann apparently took over the headship before later moving to Brisbane where she opened a boarding house.  Several of their children also became teachers.
Phillipa has tried to trace Robert’s last resting place but the likely graveyard has been flooded – probably more than once – in the intervening years and there is no stone remaining to mark his passing.
Phillipa has provided many more details about this very sad story and if you are interested in following it up, please contact Ian

One thought on “Robert Morris, Headmaster of Titchmarsh School, 1862

  1. I am researching my husbands Great Great Grandfather Thomas Harrison, who was born in Tiitchmarsh in around 1800. He worked for a Thomas Wykes for many years as a servant/groom in Grendon at Greenfield farm. I am in Western Australia but lived in England until I was 42 until emigrating with family in 1986. I have not been back due to my unfortunate fear of flying and bless folk like you for preserving such a wonderful amount of history for people like me. I couldn’t find an email address for your website so am asking whoever receives this to please help me. I have some questions regarding the purchase of books and any other useful resources you may have.

    Kind regards Pat.
    I would offer to send sunshine but believe you have more than us at the moment.

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