Robert Ellis was born on 21 April 1842 at Elstead, Surrey, England. He was the son of John and Sarah (née Turpin) Ellis. He arrived in Australia in January 1855 at the age of 12 with his brothers, sisters, mother and father. On 22 December 1870 he married Elizabeth Catherine Danger at Mount Duneed.
Their children were:
Robert Williams — became a cane grower at Wallingford near Mackay in Queensland
James Samuel — born about 1873, died 22 November 1913 at his parent's residence at Germantown aged 40 years, buried with his parents
Elizabeth Catherine — born 1875
Mary — born 1877, died 16 March 1926 at Geelong, buried with her parents
John — born 1883
Catherine Rosina — born 1886, married Frederick Joseph Irwin, died 1932 in Geelong
William Henry — born 1888, served in France during WW1, died 2 October 1936, buried in the Church of England section of the Geelong Eastern Cemetery with his wife Flora who died on 21 April 1976
Leslie George — born 1893, killed in action 18 August 1918 in France
Raymond Cyril — born 12 May 1897, died 1955 in Melbourne
Livestock reports in various newspapers suggest his income was derived from fattening sheep and cattle.
When he died on 22 December, 1916 he had retired and was living at Germantown (Grovedale). He was buried in the Church of England section of the Mount Duneed Cemetery. Elizabeth Catherine who died on 22 May 1937 was buried with him.
At the time of Robert's death he owned an allotment of 34 acres, 2 roods and 21 perches on the corner of Boundary and Torquay Roads on which was erected a four roomed weatherboard house with outbuildings. The land which was used for grazing was valued at £450. His total estate was £752. His executors were his son Robert William and son-in-law Frederick Joseph Irwin.
Studio portrait of Private Leslie George Ellis (4002) of the 9th reinforcements, 22nd battalion. He enlisted on 16 July 1915 and embarked from Melbourne aboard HMAT Warilda on 8 February 1916. He later served as a sergeant and was killed in action on 18 August 1918 and was buried at Heath Cemetery, Harbonnieres, France.
Allan Ellis (cousin)
Charles Harold Gogoll
James Reginald Palmer
Francis Samuel Edward Stacey
Herbert William Francis Stacey
All are remembered on the Mount Duneed State School honour board.