Robert Gardiner Fullarton
- Born: 25 Dec 1903, 7 Sandeman St, Partick, Glasgow, Scotland
- Marriage (1): Winifred Isabel Gouldthorp on 30 Mar 1929 in The Presbyterian Church, Granville, , New South Wales, Australia
- Died: 13 Dec 1989, Morling Lodge Nursing Home, Red Hill, ACT, Australia at age 85
- Buried: 15 Dec 1989, Norwood Park Crematorium, A.C.T., Australia
Cause of his death was Hypostatic Pneumonia 24 hrs/ Uraemia 1 mth / Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy 12 mths.
Other names for Robert were Bob and Fullerton.
Robert's birth certificate records his surname as FULLARTON which is the typical Scot spelling. However, his mother's surname was actually spelled FULLERTON, consistent with the typical Irish spelling of the surname, and her Irish heritage. Despite the Scottish influence on Robert's birth certificate, subsequent generations have consistently used the latter spelling.
Robert had talked about coming to Australia on the ship Rangatira. According to the Passenger List for a journey by the Rangatira departing London on 11th January 1912 bound for New Zealand via Sydney, where she docked on 23rd February 1912, a William Fullerton, Mrs Fullerton, and children Robert and Margaret were on board as 3rd Class passengers. Curiously they are recorded as English, not Scottish, and William's occupation is recorded as "Farmer". This is the only record of Fullertons arriving in Sydney at the time, so I believe it is them, especially given Robert's recollections of the ship's name. It is possible that the "English" nationality and "Farmer" occupation were given in order to satisfy some conditions of the passage fare.
The family returned to the UK as Third Class passengers on the Ormonde arriving in London on 9 Jul 1920. The family surname is recorded as FULLARTON. William is recorded as a Leather Worker. Margaret's occupation is recorded as Housewife. Robert, aged 15, has an occupation that looks like "Boat Winder". In the documents, under the column headed "Country of Intended Future Residence" the family is marked under the "Scotland" heading but, like some others on the list, are bracketed and marked "Aust" indicating quite clearly that they were intending to return to Australia.
The family did leave Scotland for Australia later that year. Robert Fullarton had a bible which was inscribed: "With best wishes. A present from George Hill to his nephew Robert Fullerton on the occasion of his going to Australia 18-12-1920".
The family sailed as Third Class passengers, once again on the Ormonde, which sailed from the Port of London arriving in Sydney on 31st January 1921. The Ormonde had a crew of 400 and 970 passengers. Of the passengers 566 were Third Class, 139 were Second Class and 265 were First Class.
According to the 1930 Electoral Roll, Robert was living at 51 Chatham Rd, West Ryde, Occupation Motor Lorry Driver. His wife Winifred Isabel was living with him, Occupation home duties. At that time Robert was driving a truck for a family company that manufactured wooden boxes for carrying fruit etc. He also worked in the factory. His sister's husband worked there too. The Company eventually folded when their customers switched to the new cardboard cartons that had arrived on the market. It was then that Robert started working for himself as a signwriter and painter. In time the signwriting side of the business diminished but the house painting side grew.
Robert and his family later lived at 1080 Victoria Rd, West Ryde with his parents until about 1934 when they moved to 1152 Victoria Rd, leaving his parents living at 1080. Certainly Robert and Winifred were at 1080 in 1933, according to the Electoral Roll, and Robert's occupation was still a Motor Lorry Driver.
From Don & Barbara Fullerton's 50th Wedding Anniversary Booklet:
"As the Depression eased and work became available again life became easier. Don's father was a self employed painter and sign writer. Work gradually picked up. No. 1152 Victoria Rd was out in the bush when we moved there. We had a farm and market gardens opposite and from the front verandah there was not another house to be seen. Life was pretty good for the kids. The Second World War caused minor upsets. Don's Dad was too old for the army, but he was "volunteered" to work as a machinist, first in a munitions factory and then at Cockatoo Dockyard making parts for repairing ships."
During the war Robert rode a push bike to work even for night shifts. He rode from West Ryde to Balmain where he worked as a fitter and machinist at Cockatoo Dock and the Colonial Sugar Refining Company (CSR). CSR had a munitions factory. There were no street lights! The family did not have a car until after the war. Robert got a car which had spent the war on blocks in a soap factory. The first job was to get all the soap powder off the car which had collected while it was standing!
Noted events in his life were:
• He worked as a Motor Driver at the time of his marriage on 30 Mar 1929 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
• He worked as a Motor Lorry Driver according to the Electoral Roll in 1930 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
• He worked as a Self Employed Painter and signwriter in the in 1930-1940 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
• He worked as a Timber Worker at the time of Bruce's birth on 10 Jul 1935.
• He worked as a Timber Worker in 1936 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
• He worked as a Retired Carpenter at the time of his death on 13 Dec 1989.
• He had a residence in 1930 in 51 Chatham Rd, West Ryde, , Sydney, , New South Wales, Australia.
• He resided at the time of Bruce's birth on 10 Jul 1935 in 1080 Victoria Road, West Ryde, , New South Wales, Australia.
• He had a residence in 1936 in 1080 Victoria Road, West Ryde, , New South Wales, Australia.
• He resided at the time of his father's death on 21 Oct 1947 in 1152 Victoria Road, West Ryde, , New South Wales, Australia.
• He resided at the time of his mother's death on 13 Jun 1965 in 124 Waratah St, Katoomba, , New South Wales, Australia.
Robert married Winifred Isabel Gouldthorp, daughter of Frederick Charles Gouldthorp and Annie Eliza Anstiss, on 30 Mar 1929 in The Presbyterian Church, Granville, , New South Wales, Australia. (Winifred Isabel Gouldthorp was born on 28 Jan 1908 in Granville, New South Wales, Australia, died on 5 Apr 1984 in Western Suburbs Hospital, Croydon, , New South Wales, Australia and was buried on 9 Apr 1984 in Northern Suburbs Crematorium, North Ryde, New South Wales., Australia.). The cause of her death was Myocardial infarct (days)/ Ischaemic heart disease (years).
Witnesses were H. McKay and A. E. Grindlay.