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PAULOVICH Robert Hector

Male Abt 1820 - 1874  (~ 54 years)


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  • Name PAULOVICH Robert Hector 
    Born Abt 1820  Turkey Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Occupation Storekeeper in West Maitland; draper, salesman 
    Died 29 Jan 1874  Acton House, South Brisbane, QLD, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Buried on the 30 Jan 1874
    Person ID I634  Wood/O'Neill
    Last Modified 14 May 2016 

    Father PAULOVICH Stephano (Stephen) 
    Mother RICKARDS Ephrath 
    Married 19 May 1810  St George in the East Church, London Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F458  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family LYONS Mary Anne (Marian),   b. Abt 1824, Dublin, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Sep 1876, Bona Vista Cottage, Brisbane, QLD Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 52 years) 
    CLAW 1852  Sydney, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. PAULOVICH Mary Alice,   b. 1854, Sydney, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Jul 1857, Gore St, Collingwood, VIC Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 3 years)
     2. PAULOVICH Ephrath (Effie) Mary,   b. 15 Jul 1856, Sydney, NSW Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Oct 1923, Brisbane, QLD Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years)
     3. PAULOVICH Alice,   b. 1 Jul 1858, 131 Westgarth St, Collingwood, VIC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Mar 1859, 131 Westgarth St, Collingwood, VIC Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
     4. PAULOVICH Robert Hector,   b. Abt 1859,   d. 16 Apr 1919, Chinchilla, QLD Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 60 years)
     5. PAULOVICH Mary Agnes
     6. PAULOVICH Alfred Brian,   b. 3 Apr 1864, Queensland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Aug 1865, Stanley Street, South Brisbane, QLD Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 1 years)
    Family ID F451  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • In 1852 Robert Hector Paulovich was listed as a spirit merchant in Mudgee. (11 Feb 1852 The Maitland Mercury & Hunter River General Advertiser)

      In Oct 1855 he puts a notice in the Maitland Mercury and Hunter River General Advertiser that he is leaving the business. He also becomes insolvent that year for a sum of 3000 pounds.

      Robert Paulovich was a storekeeper in Maitland in 1855 and filed for insolvency. He was the nephew of a Mr Rickards who owned a store in High Street West Maitland.
      PAULOVICH Robert Hector--West Maitland Storekeeper Sequestration: 3/12/1855 File #: 03477 Date Certificate issued: 5/04/1856

      In 1865 Robert is listed as a wholesale and family grocer in Stanley Street, South Brisbane. Pugh's Almanac of 1865. His death certificate lists his occupation as a warehouseman which is a wholesale draper.

      In 1870 Pugh's Almanac, there is an R Paulovich listed as an assistant postmaster at Dalby.

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      Robert Hector Paulovich was a cosmopolitan character, described by Archibald Meston as "a tall dark man of distinguished appearance". Robert was born in 1820 in the Dardanelles, now known as Turkey. His mother was English and his father was born on the coast of Dalmatia. At the time of his birth, Robert's father Stephano was the British Vice-Consul to the Dardanelles. Robert Hector came to Australia in 1837 with his uncle John Rickards (his mother's brother and previously a convict), his cousin and his brother Francis. Rickards junior established a number of drapery stores in the Hunter Valley area and in Sydney and young Robert was sent to manage the store and his cousin's affairs in West Maitland and Musswellbrook. It is not known how he met Mary Anne Phillips, wife of William Phillips, a son of the well-known pioneering family of Paterson in New South Wales, but the couple formed a relationship. They left the Hunter Valley area in the early 1850s, residing for periods of time in Sydney and Melbourne before moving to Brisbane about 1863.

      Robert started a general goods and drapery business advertising quality products at his premises in Queen Street very nearly opposite what was then the Town Hall. In 1870, he moved his business from Queen Street to South Brisbane opposite the Royal Mail Hotel at the corner of Stanley and Russell Streets. Sadly, Robert died on the 30 January 1874 at Acton House (now known as the Ship Inn Hotel), the lease of which his wife had acquired only a few months previously. His untimely death was a blow to his wife and family and was even reported in the Maitland Mercury and Hunter River General Advertiser on the 3 February 1874 as he had been "very much esteemed here". The headstone for his grave was erected by his son, also called Robert Hector.