Robert (Bert) Willson Heath

Father: Robert Mosely Heath
Mother: Susannah Ellen Willson
Born: __/__/1864 #7851 Collingwood
Died: 19/04/1935 ?
Married: 11/08/1892 Zöe Colvin Ferris Elliott
Children: 18/10/1893 John Samuel Robert Heath
17/02/1901 Lemuel Roy Heath
05/12/1904 Noël Eustace Elliott Heath

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Robert Willson Heath (Bert) was born in 1864, soon after his parents arrived from England - his birth was registered in Collingwood although a directory lists his family as residing at 70 Grattan St Carlton - just east of Lygon St.

He was a haberdasher, who worked for a number of stores including Bright & Hitchcock's in Geelong (in the linen departmens) before owning his own shop in Geelong, where he lived most of his life. Originally a Presbyterian, he was known locally as "Gentle Jesus" after joining the Plymouth Brethren, in which his sister Nell followed him.

He was a keen swimmer who loved the surf - many holidays were spent down at Torquay.