Richard and Hannah's Story
Richard was born in Towednack, Cornwall in 1855. Information for the
Roach family in England is under Robert Roach
(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
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