ROBERT SPIERS SPARROW
|Burial register ID:||8111|
|Cause of death:||Unknown|
|Date of death:||06-Oct-1898|
|Date of burial:||08-Oct-1898|
On the front of the monument:-
THE BANQUETTING HALL WAS
EVEN SO FATHER FOR IT (SO SEEMS?)
HENDERSON & FERGUS
On the left side of the monument:-
ALSO THEIR SONS, GEORGE
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Robert Sparrow (1836-1898)
Robert Sparrow was a founder of the heavy engineering industry in Otago.
Robert was born on 8th August 1836 at Dumbarton, Kilmarnock, Scotland, the fourth of seven children of William Sparrow, a labourer, and Agnes, née Spiers. At the age of 14 Robert was a stableboy for a wealthy family in Kilmarnock. He may have served an engineering apprenticeship with Denny & Co. in Scotland.
Robert Sparrow arrived at Port Chalmers on 7th May 1862 aboard the Lady Egidia, and started his iron foundry business by 1869. He married Esther Hunter in 1864 and they had seven children (none of whom went on to have children of their own).
The Dunedin Iron Works, Robert’s foundry, was first established in Cumberland Street and then in Willis Street from about 1872. The firm produced bridges, dredges, boilers and ships. Some of the larger ships produced between 1872 and 1892 were the Ben Lomond, Egmont, Jane Douglas, Iron Age, Kakanui and Pioneer. Notable local projects included the Wingatui Viaduct and the Cromwell bridge. Robert’s firm also constructed the first iron railway engine to be built in New Zealand; another project was the well-known Platypus mining submarine. By 1894 the Dunedin Iron Works was sold to Gardner & Co. and the name changed to the Dunedin Foundry.
As well as these professional accomplishments Robert Sparrow belonged to the Otago Early Settlers’ Association, the Otago Institute, and served on the committee for the New Zealand and South Seas Exhibition 1889-90. From 1878 until the time of his death Robert was a deacon of Knox Church.
Robert Sparrow died on 6th October 1898 at the age of 62 years. His wife Esther died three months later. They are buried in the family plot with their sons William Alexander, George Hunter and William Spiers Sparrow and their daughters Agnes, Jane Hunter and Esther Sparrow.
Robert Spiers SparrowSource: Jill Allport
|Surname||First names||Age||Date of death||Date of burial|
|MARSHALL||JANET SHAW||45 Years||05-May-1912||06-May-1912|
|SPARROW||GEORGE HUNTER||40 Years||12-Nov-1912||14-Nov-1912|
|SPARROW||JANE HUNTER||80 Years||30-Aug-1946||02-Sep-1946|
|SPARROW||ROBERT SPIERS||62 Years||06-Oct-1898||08-Oct-1898|
|SPARROW||WILLIAM ALEXANDER||10 Years||03-Sep-1877||04-Sep-1877|
|SPARROW||WILLIAM SPIERS||29 Years||23-Dec-1912||25-Dec-1912|