Albert Robert Stephenson

Albert Robert Stephenson

Albert Robert StephensonAlbert moved to Ross when his father Francis was transferred to the district at Police Trooper in 1910. Albert joined the 26th Battalion in June 1915, at the age of 26. He has been working as a roadman. He had two brothers that also enlisted.

Albert arrived in Gallipoli in Decimeter 1915, shortly before the evacuation. He landed in France in March 1916. In October, he was suffering from rhinitis and diagnosed with a deviated septum. He was invalided to England, then returned to Australia in April 1917.

In Ross in June, a ‘welcome home’ social was held in his honour, with wishes that he would be ‘soon restored to complete health’. Soon after his return, Albert married Bertha Goss and they made their home in Hobart.

In 1918, Albert was granted 130 acres in Whitefoord Hills near Deloraine for the purpose of a mixed farm. Albert served on the Dunorlan branch of the Agricultural Bureau and was involved in the Deloraine RSL. Albert died in 1977 and is buried in Ulverstone.

Albert’s story is part of our exhibition: Our Grateful Thanks and Loving Remembrance, a moving and deeply personal exhibition remembering the soldiers whose names are immortalised on the Ross War Memorial.

http://www.taswoolcentre.com.au/blog/new-exhibition-at-the-tasmanian-wool-centre-museum