|Birthplace:||Ipswich, Suffolk, UK|
|Death:||Died in Kaikoura, Canterbury, New Zealand|
|Cause of death:||thrown from his horse|
|Place of Burial:||Kaikoura, Canterbury, New Zealand|
|Managed by:||Peter Norman McGavin|
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About Robert Palmer
1847: Robert is 11 years old when his father is killed. He was earning 2 shillings a week "slushing about the fields with Mumfords sheep"
18??: Robert and his mother Miriam emigrated to Nelson NZ, about 1849/50.
1852: Robert is employed by Joseph Ward, surveyer and landholder of Brookby Station, Awatere, Marlborough, as a storekeeper at 18 pounds a year.
1853: Ward employed him as a shepherd at 25 pounds a year, a position he was to hold for seven years.
1859: Ward offered him a post in the Clarence River valley for 100 pounds a year and rations. On 2 May 1859 Robert set out with 1600 sheep, five drovers and flour, tea and sugar to last for six months. They travelled twenty days until they came to journey's end. Lived virtually alone after that for three years.
Discoverer of the largest moa egg ever found in New Zealand, about 1859-60, "The Kaikoura Moa Egg".
1862: Caught in a heavy snowstorm and as a result of illness returned to brother John's home for four months.
1864: Managed Fyffe's Kahutara run until Mar 1865.
12 May 1865: Joseph Ward wrote to John Palmer advising him that Robert had been thrown from his horse and killed. He is buried at Kaikoura.