Richard Roach and Hanna Vine

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Parents   :  Robert Roach and Mary Reid              Stephen Vine (Jnr) and Lavinia Ford

Richard Reed Roach (b 1855 Towednack Cornwall, m  Hannah Vine 1890 Flemington Vic, d 1934 Cheltenham Vic)
Hannah Vine (b 1866 Spring Creek Vic, d 1915 Kew Vic)
    Robert Gordon (Bob) Roach  (b abt 1889 Melbourne, m Elsie Cumper, d abt 1921)
    Richard Giulford (Dick) Roach  (b 1891, died 1965 South Melbourne)
    Liela Muriel Roach (b 1893 North Sydney, m Ernest Harold Mitchell 1914 Kew, d 1972 Wodonga)

Hanna Vine
late 1880's or early 1890's
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Richard and Hannah's Story

Richard was born in Towednack, Cornwall in 1855. Information for the Roach family in England is under Robert Roach. Richard (aged 22) and his brother James (aged 20) came to Melbourne in 1878 on the Cuzco. On Richard's marriage certificate (1890) his address is given as of 16 Howard Street St Yarra, and he describes himself as a Contractor. 
Hannah was born in Spring Creek near Beechworth in 1866. The couple were married in Flemington, Melbourne. Hannah gives her normal address is Beechworth, but at time of marriage was living at Kent St Flemington.  Her father was a Publican. One of the witnesses to the wedding was Hannah's sister Elizabeth.
When their daughter Leila was born in North Sydney in 1893, Richard was an Inspector of Works. Richard's death certificate states he spent three years in South Australia and four in NSW, and the rest in Victoria (48 Years). Liela was married from 87 Barker's Rd, Kew, Melbourne in 1914. Hannah died in Kew a year later.
Richard senior died in 1934 in the Melbourne Benevolent Asylum, Cheltenham. His death certificate shows 48 years Vic, 3 SA, 4 NSW

    Bob Roach married Elsie Cumper. They lived in Richmond. They were married less than one year. She was expecting first child, got appendicitis. doctors advised not to operate, and she died. Bob took it really bad, then war  Bob was gassed in the war and died a few years later.

    Dick Roach was an engineer

Comment from Fred Mitchell

    It is not known when the family was split by the departure of the father Richard Roach. I was always told when I was young that he was a sailor, and was away for months or years at a time. That is not correct, as he was called on Liela's birth certificate an `Inspector of Works'. The 1904 Melbourne directory had Hannah (only) at 27 College St Kew (friends Katy and Ivy Stapelton lived at 28). Fred believes Hannah and Richard had separated by then.
    My Grandmother (Leila?) never spoke of Richard Reid Roach, and he never visited her after the marriage, I'm told. He is rumoured to have left the family to look for gold in South Africa, though he died in Victoria.


Just about all the material on this page comes from Jenny and Fred Mitchell

Research Notes

1890 Marrriage Hannah Vine Richard Reed Roach

Genes Reunited checked for Richard and Hannah
LDS   Richard birth  no
Try Melbourne Directories
Check Vic BDM

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