Robert Tasman Grant Elrick

#1184, b. 6 December 1897, d. 22 November 1976

Individual's Timeline

Birth6 December 1897Robert Tasman Grant Elrick1,2
Death of Father10 April 1909John Alexander Elrick
Marriagebetween 1915 and 1922Robert Tasman Grant Elrick
Death25 February 1929Lilian Ethel Elrick3
Death of MotherFebruary 1940Martha Elrick
Death22 November 1976Robert Tasman Grant Elrick3

Primary events

Some aspects of Robert Tasman Grant Elrick's life. ACCIDENT AT THE SANDY BAY RIFLE RANGE.

An accident, which might have had very serious consequences, occurred on the Sandy Bay rifle range on Saturday morning. A party of school cadets were practicing at the 200 and 300 yards range, with Westley Richards rifles, when one of the lads, named Robert Elrick, residing at 34 Montpeliar street, found just when he was about to fire at 300 yards, that something was wrong with the foresight protector of his rifle. He put out his left hand, and while fumbling with the protector, managed to discharge the weapon just as one of his fingers was over the muzzle. The finger was badly shattered, and the bullet was so deflected that it struck a boy named Linton McCarthy, residing at 93 Patrick-street, who was firing at the 200 yards range in front. Luckily, it did not inflict any very serious injury as it struck the boy in the fleshy part of the shoulder. A car war procured, and both boys taken to the hospital, where they were detained for treatment. It is possible that the lad Elrick's finger will have to be amputated. McCarthy was able to leave the hospital yesterday. The cadets were in charge of Lieutenant Miller, of the cadets, and Sergeant-Major Stewart, of the permanent forces, at the time. A military board, consisting of Captain Hill und Lieutenants Coyle and Page, has been appointed to fully investigate the matter.

Note the enquiry found Robert was not to blame in any way.
Brushes with the LAW

Robert was charged with larceny. He was said to be a schoolboy in the entry that appeared in the Tasmanian Police Gazette.

Voter Enrolements

Research Notes

  • Research note 01: New access to Robert's Will has given us more info. Robert names his sister in law as Florence Eva PATMORE. From family sories I believe this is (or should be) Lilian Ethel MARR's sister, but I don't have her as yet..
  • Research note 01: In The Hobart Mercury dated 9th march 1935, Robert was named in a Sequestration Order for debt. He and Donald Strathallen COWARD had 2 businesses in Glenrchy, the Lampton Pountry Farm and the Lampton Sawmilling Co. The assets were larger than the debts, so I assume they sold up and paid everyone..6

Child of Robert Tasman Grant Elrick and Lilian Ethel Marr


  1. Digger - Tas BMD Digger databases on CD, Folio 33/265.
  2. BDM in Australia, Aust Vital Records 1788-1905, 1898/265.
  3. Unknown author, South Reg cemetery trust fiche.
  4. Unknown author, South Reg cemetery trust fiche, Plot details CE XX - 97.
  5. Australian Voter Rolls 1901 - 1936, online
  6. Trove Digitised Newspapers, The Mercury (Hobart, Tas. : 1860 - 1954) Saturday 9 March 1935 Page 12


    A sequestration order has been made In .the partnership of Donald Strath- allen Coward and Robert Grant Tasman Blrlck, who formerly conducted a poul- try and sawmllllng business at Chapel Street, Glenorchy, and at Pelham, un- der the name of the Lampton Poultry Farm and Lampton Sawmllllng Co. In a Joint statement of affairs the liabili- ties are shown as £280 7s fld, and the assets as £252 2s. 5d.