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Robert Marsden D Fitzgerald

Robert Marsden D Fitzgerald (1836-1910) was admitted to the University of Sydney in the first cohort of students in 1852, graduating Bachelor of Arts in 1856 and Master of Arts in 1859.


His early life

The illegitimate son of Robert Fitzgerald Snr, Robert Marsden D Fitzgerald was born in Sydney.

His student days at the University of Sydney

Robert was 16 when he was admitted to the University of Sydney in the first cohort of students in 1852, gaining First class honours in Chemistry and Experimental Phyics 1853 and 1854.

He graduated Bachelor of Arts in 1856 and Master of Arts in 1859.

His career

Following graduation from the University of Sydney, Fitzgerald was later educated at Cambridge University and on the Continent.

He was admitted to the NSW Bar in 1860.

In 1865 he inherited his father's property 'Dabee', in Rylstone and spent his life as a grazier managing the 15 station properties the family owned.

He also he made medical help a hobby. He had a medical kit with a selection of 'common cures', a set of surgical instruments and a 'Handbook for All Ailments'. People would come from Rylstone to him to have their illnesses diagnosed. (from A History of Rylstone 1920 - 1988)

In 1875 he was also one of the Rylstone Court House magistrates.

Robert died at Lyster Hospital, Rosebank Street, Darlinghurst on 24 January 1910 aged 74, leaving a fortune. He is buried at St Matthews Anglican Cemetery, Windsor.

From the Archives 'Record' 2005; 'From Convict to Millionaire - The Story of Richard Fitzgerald and family' (2003), by Susan Perrett; and RDHS Wiki