Robert COCHRANE 1848-1926
Alice "Alvie" Jane GILL 1862-1955

Dartmoor ; Portland ; Digby ; Casterton, S-W Victoria, Australia

Robert COCHRANE b. 1848, at sea on the "Cornwall", eldest son of William COCHRANE c.1821-1873 and Martha ATKINSON 1826-1893 from Co Armagh, North Ireland who had married there in 1847. His father William COCHRANE died at Ararat in 1873 and his mother Martha died at Casterton in 1893.

Robert COCHRANE married in 1879, "Runnymede Station", Sandford, Victoria to Alice "Alvie" Jane GILL b. 1862 Branxholme, Victoria, daughter of George "Andrew" GILL and Alice Jane DOOLEY.

Robert COCHRANE spent the early days of his life with his family at Dartmoor and Portland where other siblings were born. It is claimed that his mother and Mrs John GRANT of the "Woodford Inn" at Dartmoor were the only two white woman in the Dartmoor area in the early 1850s. Robert COCHRANE then worked and lived in a number of locations...

  • c.1857 worked at the Portland Brewery
  • c.1857-186 worked at J. TAIT's Chemist & Photography store, Portland
  • c.1860-1862 Beachcomber & Wreck Breaker at Portland
  • c.1863-1865 walked to Digby and worked with Owen OWENS at "Pleasant Hills" Station for 2 years
  • c.1865-1868 worked for Richard LEWIS at "Rifle Downs" Station, Digby
  • c.1868 worked for a short time at the TURNBULL's "Winninburn" Station near Coleraine
  • 1868 moved to Casterton and worked for 3 years with John SPURRELL, butcher
  • c.1871 carried mail for John LIVOCK to Lindsay near the SA border
  • c.1872 worked on the Shire Council
  • c.1873 worked as a carpenter for Thomas JEFFREYS at Casterton
  • c. 1874-1881 went into business with his brother Henry as builder and contractor
  • 1879 Robert COCHRANE married Alice "Alvie" Jane GILL at "Runnymede" Station near Sandford
  • c.1881 > operated a furniture and ironmongers store in Casterton
  • 1891 Alice COCHRANE and her mother-in-law Martha COCHRANE signed the 1891 Women's Suffrage Petition at Casterton
  • 1900 built his house "Bellevue" in Jackson Street, Casterton
  • 1926 Robert COCHRANE died at his residence "Bellevue" Casterton
  • 1955 Alice COCHRANE (nee GILL), widow of Robert died at Casterton

Robert COCHRANE & Alice "Alvie" Jane GILL had the following family:

  1. George Henry COCHRANE b. 1880, Casterton, Vic, d. 1933, Prahran, Vic, m. _____ ?;

  2. John Robert Jesse COCHRANE b. 1883, Casterton, Vic, d. 1975, Heathcote, Vic, m. _____;

  3. Nellie Atkinson COCHRANE b. 1885, Casterton, Vic, d. 1954, Melbourne, Vic, m. Frederick Percy GRILLS;

  4. Winifred Grace COCHRANE b. 1887, Casterton, Vic, d. 1968, Casterton, Vic;

  5. Gerald Walter COCHRANE b. 1889, Casterton, Vic, d. 1943, Horsham, Vic, m. Florence May WEBLEY 1893-1944;
    • WW1 served at Gallipoli with 5th Battalion, AIF
    • enlisted 16 Sep 1914
    • wounded Gallipoli 10 Jun 1915
    • RTA 8 Oct 1915 (rhuematism, peritonitis, crushed leg)
    • Casterton Town Hall WW1 Honour Roll

  6. William Stanley COCHRANE b. 1891, Casterton, Vic, d. 1967, Casterton, Vic, m. ____ ?;

  7. Archibald Patrick COCHRANE b. 1893, Casterton, Vic, d. 1912, Boroken Hill, NSW;

  8. Charles Valentine COCHRANE b. 1895, Casterton, Vic, d. 1974, Fitzroy, Vic.
    • WW1 served at Gallipoli and on The Somme
    • enlisted 4 Nov 1914 as Pte 1145, 11th Battalion, AIF
    • RTA 17 Jul 1915 (pneumonia)
    • re-enlisted 19 Feb 1917 as Pte 674 15th Machine Gun Company, AIF
    • RTA 12 Jul 1919
    • Casterton Town Hall WW1 Honour Roll

  9. Alice Jane COCHRANE b. 1898, Casterton, Vic, d. 1978, Maffra, Vic m. Hermann Joseph BREIT 1898-1978;

  10. Violet Ruth COCHRANE b. 1900, Casterton, Vic, d. ____, m. David Daniel WILLIAMS;

  11. Sydney Francis COCHRANE b. 1904, Casterton, S-W Victoria, d. 1967, South Australia, m. Kathleen May SULLIVAN 1904-1977;

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