Robert Francis Bartlett and Lillian Annie Paine
Robert Francis Bartlett was born 4th August 1906 at Paddington, Sydney, son of Boston
Clark Bartlett and Sarah Higgins.
Lillian Annie Paine was the daughter of Alfred Paine and Annie Townsend. She was known
as 'Sue' by family and friends.
Marriage: Robert married Lillian Ann Paine on 15th September 1928 at the Presbyterian
Church Ashfield. Minister was James Leggat, witnesses were A W Rodgers and Kathleen
Napier. Upon moving to Macksville in 1942 Robert and Lillian were married for a second time
in a Catholic Church ceremony.
Family: Bob and Lillian had two sons; Leslie Robert Bartlett born 30th April 1931 & Peter
Alfred Bartlett 20th April 1938.
Electoral Rolls: 1930 Electoral Roll appears twice at 31 Hugh Street, Ashfield [Postal Worker]
and Knoll Court, F'st Knoll Ave, Bondi, [Postal Offil. - Official]
1936 Electoral Roll 34 Cromwell Street, Croydon. Robert Francis, Postal Offical and Lillian
Annie, home duties
Death: Lillian died in Macksville hospital on 6th August 1972. Robert died on 24th October
1984 at the Macksville District Hospital. Cause of death was Coronary occlusion, ischaemic
heart disease, diabetic, Severe peripheral vascular disease. He is buried on 29th October
1984 at the Macksville Cemetery, Catholic Section Row L, No. 14.
The following is a brief biography by son Peter:
Educated: Glebe area by Patrician Brothers.
Like most families of those times, Bob had to leave school at a very young age to work, thus
helping to support his family with his income. Bob started his working life as a telegram boy
in the Post Office. Working in the inner Western area of Sydney, he progressed to being a
mail sorter & worked for many years in the Mail Branch at the GPO Sydney.
On the 21st January 1942 in the area of Ashfield, Bob enrolled in The Australian Military
Forces, Eastern Command, and was officially enlisted on the 20th Feb 1942. Bob became
Private No. NX89538 and was attached to 1st Training Battalion at Paddington. After serving
only 20 days in the army, Bob was medically discharged (Cert No 36573) reason given was
blood pressure and enlarged heart and was officially discharged 11th March 1942.
After this first army discharge, Bob (for health reasons) requested a postal department
transfer to Macksville as a Post Clerk.Transfer was granted and Bob and family arrived in
Macksville last half of 1942. Again Bob applied for Military service duties, this time enrolling
in the Kempsey area, and yet again was medically rejected. So for the remaining war years
Bob served in the army reserve guarding the home front.
In 1959 Bob resigned from the Post Office to work at Midco Abattoir as Pay Master, a position
he held for the next 6 years. Bob finally ended his working career with clerical employment
with Minerial Deposits at Gumma (Macksville) & Crescent Head sites.
Bob was a fluent calligrapher and was often complimented on his efforts. For years he hand
wrote the local Catholic school yearly graduation certificates for the students to be presented
with on presentation night. An honour he truly valued.
A well respected citizen, of firm moral values, strong minded with determination, an ardent
rugby league fan, was President of the Macksville Football Club and played a key roll in the
resurgence of that club after a period of where Macksville was regarded as the "easy beats".
His Presidency lasted 4 years before being forced to relinquish the position due to his wife's
Above: Photo of baby believed to be Robert Bartlett Above: Bobby Bartlett with hoop
Left: Bob and Lillian on their wedding day
Information and photos kindly supplied by Peter Bartlett, son of Robert and Lillian