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Robert Samuel Curham
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Birth: 1835
County Kildare, Ireland
Death: Jul. 9, 1906
Dunedin, New Zealand

Robert Samuel Curham was born in Kildare, Ireland in 1835 and later served an apprenticeship in the drapery trade in Dublin, Ireland; leaving Ireland in 1863 at twenty years of age, and arriving in New York City. There, almost immediately after his arrival, Robert voluntarily enlisted into the 13th New York Regiment Heavy Artillery Regiment, Company "B" on August 29, 1863, serving under General Ulysses S. Grant and was, according to family history, apparently wounded at some point. On July 18, 1865, though one record says June 27th, Robert was transferred into Company "I". New York 6th New York Heavy Artillery. Robert was finally mustered out of service on August 24, 1865. After the war Robert's profession was at sea until 1873 when he migrated to Australia where his sister lived, and found employment with the South Melbourne Gas Company. Robert was a standing member of the ‘Order of Druids' in Melbourne but never occupied any public position beyond that of serving on the Wanganui School Committee in New Zealand. In 1874 Robert migrated again, to New Zealand, under engagement to assist in the construction of the Hokitika Gas Works and bought a house in Hokitika, on the South Island, in 1880; becoming manager of the Hokitika Gas Works. In 1882 Robert gave up his position of Manager of the Hokitika Gas Works and took the position of manager of the Wanganui Gas Works. Robert retained that position until 1901 when he was appointed Manager and Secretary for the Port Chalmers Gas Company in Dunedin, New Zealand. In 1885 Robert married the daughter of Captain Daniel Macfarlane of Troon, Scotland, Janet McFarlane/Gilchrist and they had 6 children: Robert born in 1887, Mabel born in 1889, Winifred born in 1891, Daniel born in 1893, Alan born in 1896 and Barbara born in 1898. Robert Samuel Curham died at Port Chalmers, Dunedin, on Monday, July 9, 1906 at 63 years of age and was buried on July 12, 1906 in the Port Chalmers Cemetery; block LO, plot 104. Also buried in the same plot is William Willis who died at 74 years of age on October 14, 1906.

Southern Cemetery
Dunedin City
Otago, New Zealand
Plot: Block LO, plot 104
Created by: James Gray
Record added: Oct 02, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 42618578
Robert Samuel Curham
Added by: James Gray
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