Robert Rattray, the older brother of David Rattray who reportedly had a store at Eureka, became the sexton of the Ballaarat Old Cemetery. Robert and David were the sons of David Rattray and Helen Grant. Robert married Mary Christie on 4 July 1840 at Tibbermore, Perthshire, Scotland. Mary was born in 1812. The couple arrived in Australia in November 1853.
Goldfields Involvement, 1854
Post 1854 Experiences
A special meeting was held on 26 April 1859 to receive and examine applications and testimonials for the office of sexton at the Ballarat Cemetery. Robert Rattray was declared the position. He undertook duties at the Old and New Cemteries until 1870, when in December of that year a proposal was made to divide the duties of sexton between Robert and his son William. Robert Rattray was appointed to the sole control the Old Cemetery while William took over the control and supervision of the New Cemetery. Each of the received a salary of sixteen pounds, thirteen shillings and four pence per month. Robert Rattray who had occupied the position of sexton for nearly 30 years, resigned in November 1888. He died on 21 September 1894. William Rattray then took over the running of both cemeteries, until he died on 23 April 1914 bringing to a close the Rattray's association with the cemetery.
Wickham, Dorothy, Shot in the Dark: Being the Petition for the Compensation Case of Benden S. Hassell, Ballarat Heritage Services, 1998.
- Notes from Mark Rattray and Jan Mitaxa, 8 September 2004.
- Wickham, Dorothy, Shot in the Dark: Being the Petition for the Compensation Case of Benden S. Hassell, Ballarat Heritage Services, 1998.
- Dorothy Wickham & Peter Butters, The Silent City: A History of the Ballaarat General Cemeteries, BHS Publishing, May 2006.