Robert Joyce 1829 – 1919

Sep 12th, 1919 | By | Category: Joyce Obituaries


Another grand old man, and one of our oldest colonists— Robert Joyce—died at his residence, Winton Road, on Friday last, from senile decay. He went nearly a quarter of a century past the allotted span of  man (three score years and ten), for he had just passed the 90th mile post in life’s  earthly journey, and his career, like that of most of our worthy pioneers, was, during his earlier career, at any rate, a most strenu-one, for he arrived in Victoria 64 years back—at a time, indeed, when there were very few kid-glove engagements to be had, and when men generally had to delve hard upon our then rugged, unformed highways, as also on the goldfields and on the land.

The late Mr Joyce—one of the hardy, fibrous sons of Donegal, in the North of Ireland passed through all those tough spheres of pioneering life, even playing a strenuous part as a quarryman — and is certainly took a” powdering” man for that —in the construction of that great public highway, so well known as the Sydney road, running between the capitals of Victoria and New South Wales.

Having lived at Coburg for some time, where he took unto himself a wife named Miss Bridget Ryan, who died some years ago, he made his way into the North.East and selected land at Winton, where he remained up to the day of his death, and where he was universally known and respected, not only on account of his worth as one of those hardy, intelligent pioneers who made two blades of grass of grass grow where only one blade hadgrown before, but for his fine neighborly qualities. The late Mr Joyce had not enjoyed good health for some time past, and, with his declining years, gradually lost his eyesight, whilst, for a period of about ten weeks before his expiration, he was confined to his bed. He wore to the last thread of his fibre, so to speak, and had a painless death — a circumstance which gave much gratification to his relatives. He was the father of a family of six — four males and two female—-namely, Messrs Thomas, William, Michael and Ralph, well known men amongst us, Mrs W. Newman and the late Mrs Andrew Brennan. A fifth son—Wm.John—died same years ago.

The remains of deceased were interred in Winton cemetery on Saturday. The funeral was one of the largest soon in that parish for many years, thus testifying to the esteem in which the deceased was hold during his lifetime by his neighbors. The burial service was read by the Rev Mr Herring, rector of a Holy Trinity Church, Benalla, and the funeral arrangements were carried out by  Mr Abbott.

The North Eastern Ensign 19 Sep 1919

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