Richard ROWLAND - arrived in FREMANTLE February 3 1830 on the brig TRANBY
Richard ROWLAND is buried with his wife Elizabeth and other family members in the DONGARA CEMETERY
his anniversay notice appeared in the INQUIRER & COMMERCIAL NEWS, on 14 January 1880 read:
Dongarra, January 13.
... Mr and Mrs Richard Rowland are celebrating their golden wedding to-day. Being old and much estemed and respected settlers they are receiving hearty congratulations from all around them. They arrived in the colony in the brig Tranby, from Hull, early in 1830; and if they live till the 3rd of next month they will have been exactly fifty years in the colony
his Death Notice from the INQUIRER & COMMERCIAL NEWS, on 29 August 1883 read:
... I am sorry to inform you of the death of an old and much-respected settler, in the person of Mr Richard Rowland. You must have known him well while he lived in Perth and on the Peninsula.
Mr Rowland arrived in the colony by the brig, 'Tranby', on the 3rd February, 1830.
He had his full share of the troubles, difficulties and losses the early settlers had to contend with; he experienced many losses both fire and water, having been burnt clean out no less that three times - once on the Peninsula and twice in this district; he also lost a considerable amount of property by a flood in the Irwin River some years ago, which carried away haystacks, stables, and other property, but, in spite of bad seasons and other difficulties, he surmounted them by constant perseverance and honest industry.
As a settler, he undertook his part in the management of the affairs of this district; and took a great interest in everything which conduced to the welfare and advancement of it, while he was one of those men the colony can ill afford to lose.
He led an honest, sober, exemplary, truly Christian life; indeed, his character was unimpeachable.
He has left a large family of grown-up sons and daughters and whose example they will do well to follow.
He has been married upwards of 54 years, and, not withstanding adverse circumstances, leaves his widow comfortably provided for.
He lived to a good round old age, and enjoyed comparatively good health almost to the last.