Robert (Mc)Collum was born on 26 Sept 1864 in Cooneen, Aghalurcher, Fermanagh. He was the eldest child of John (McCollum) and Eliza Baxter.
He was a stone mason like his father.
He married Eliza Brown on 29 July 1889 at the Methodist Church, (Brookeborough?). Robert & Eliza migrated to Sydney Australia later that year. They travelled with Eliza's parents Forbes and Eliza(Steen) Brown of Grogey; sisters Annabella (Brown) & husband John Kerry and Mary Jenny Brown. The two Brown brothers - John Edward born 1862 and Forbes born 1866 were already in NSW Australia. Also a neighbour Bill Wilson.
They all lived in Cooma, Nsw until 1895 when then moved to York Estate near Penrith (northern parts of Sydney) at the foot of the Blue Mountains.
Robert & Eliza had John Steen Clare 1890; Forbes Edward Wesley 1891; Ethel Jane 1892 (my grandmother); Robert Alfred Fletcher 1893; William Arthur 1895.
Robert died in 1920; Eliza died in 1913 - both are buried in Penrith Cemetery.
|Date of Birth||26th Sep 1864||VIEW SOURCE|
|Date of Death||15th Aug 1920||VIEW SOURCE|
|Names of Siblings||John 1866 ; Jane Anne McPHAIL 1867 ; Patrick 1868 ; William 1870 - 1872 Ire; James 1872; George 1874 ; Eliza/beth McCUISH 1877 - : William 1878 - ; Matthew 1880; Maggie 1884 - Ire. All men changed name to COLEMAN in USA. 2 sisters to USA|
|Father (First Name/s and Surname)||John McCollum|
|Mother (First Name/s and Maiden)||Eliza Baxter|
|Spouse (First Name/s and Maiden/Surname)||Eliza Brown|
|Place & Date of Marriage||29 July 1889 at the Methodist Church, (Brookeborough?)|
|Names of Children||John Steen Clare 1890; Forbes Edward Wesley 1891; Ethel Jane 1892; Robert Alfred Fletcher 1893; William Arthur 1895.|