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Robert Palmer

Birthdate: (29)
Birthplace: Ipswich, Suffolk, UK
Death: May 09, 1865 (29)
Kaikoura, Canterbury, New Zealand (thrown from his horse)
Place of Burial: Kaikoura, Canterbury, New Zealand
Immediate Family:

Son of John Palmer and Miriam Vinson
Brother of Henry Palmer; John Albert Palmer; Charles Palmer; George Palmer; Salome Lovell and 1 other

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.

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Robert Palmer's Timeline

March 10, 1836
Ipswich, Suffolk, UK
May 9, 1865
Age 29
Kaikoura, Canterbury, New Zealand
Kaikoura, Canterbury, New Zealand