Robert Sim

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Robert Sim, c1894.


Robert Sim was born in 1825, in Manchester, England. The the son of William Sim and Elizabeth (née Miller), he was baptised on 5 June 1825 at Manchester Cathedral.

He established timber yards and saw mills in Humffray Street, now Bakery Hill, in 1854. His son Charles Robert was born in Ballarat in 1861 and took over the running of the timber yard after the death of his father.

Robert Sim married Ann Pritchard and they had six children: William, born in 1849 (died in November 1925 at Ballarat; buried at Ballaarat Old Cemetery [F1 9 30R2]); Mary Elizabeth, born in 1853 (married Mr Bain; died in 1926 at St Kilda); Margaret, born in 1858 (died in July 1923 at Ballarat; buried at Ballaarat Old Cemetery); George, born in 1859 at Emerald Hill (died in December 1864); Charles Robert, born in 1862 at Ballarat (died in 1938 at Ballarat); and John Alexander, born in 1865 at Ballarat (died in 1929 at Williamstown). Robert died on 10 May 1897 and was buried on 11 May at Ballaarat Old Cemetery (BN 19 1). Charles, Robert’s son, then took over the running of the family business.

Goldfields Involvement, 1854

Post 1854 Experiences

The timber yard established by Robert Sim is still in existence (2016).


Robert Sim, a well-known timber merchant, of Ballarat East, died to-day, aged 72 vears. He was a pioneer of the district and was prominently associated with the Presbyterian Church.[1]

Mr Robert Sim, a a well known timber merchant, who has been in business at Ballarat for over 40 years, died on Monday, after a brief illness The deceased, who was 72 years of age, was formerly a member of the firm of Sim Bros, of the Bakery Hill sawmills.[2]

See also

Further Reading

Corfield, J., Wickham, D., & Gervasoni, C. The Eureka Encyclopaedia, Ballarat Heritage Services, 2004.


  1. The Age, 11 May 1897.
  2. The Argus, 11 May 1897.

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