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Robert Stewart age 40
Robert Stewart aged about 40 years
prior to departing for WW1

My Stewart family began in Australia sometime after 1905 with the arrival of my grandfather Robert Stewart who was born 1876 in New Pitsligo, Aberdeenshire Scotland. Little is known of Robert's early history except that he left home at age 15 to join the Highland Light Infantry and served some time fighting in India and various places. After 11 years of service he seemed to have returned to Scotland for about a year working as an attendant at an asylum near Glasgow until shortly after his mother died. Sometime over the next few years he emigrated to Australia, possibly via New Zealand. Here in Australia he worked for some time as a masseur and operated the 'Stewarts Hydro' in Moree at the Moree Baths.

Robert started our family here when he met and married his English born wife Lydia Lillian Chitty (Lilly). Unfortunately the call of the military was too strong for him and even though he had a new wife and small baby he joined the AIF at the age of 40 and went off to fight in WW1 and was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal and Military Medal. After the war Robert and Lilly settled on a farming block near Griffith New South Wales where they spent much of their life together until retiring and moving to Sydney.

Roberts parents were Peter Stewart and Agnes (nee Liston) who married in Elgin, Morayshire, Scotland in 1852. Peter and Agnes had around 13 children together of which at least 7 died, however soon after the birth of the last known child, Daniel, they seem to have lived apart. In both the 1881 and 1891 Censuses they weren't in the same town and on Peters death certificate in 1899 he was listed as single. Nine years later Agnes was listed as the widow of Peter on her death certificate. Peters parents were Charles and Jessie (nee Reith).

If you have any information or feel you are connected to my family I would love to hear from you.

Peter Stewart

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