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

Thomas Emberton

In the presentation on ‘ten things about the village’ we talked about Thomas Emberton, the headmaster who, in 1891, was jailed for an assault on his wife.  Sue Andrews – whose mother Sheila Holland still lives in the village –  has subsequently given us a fascinating selection of photographs, including one of Mr Emberton together with his wife and a group of pupils.  She has also unearthed a photograph of Beatrice Pridmore nee Dudley, the maid whose daily schedule we examined.  The photos are shown below.