- Born: 1825, Liverpool, Lancashire, England
- Marriage: Catherine DUNN on 21 Nov 1854 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
- Died: 8 May 1898, Waitapu, Golden Bay.Nelson, New Zealand at age 73
- Buried: 10 May 1898, East Takaka Cemetery, Golden Bay, Nelson, New Zealand
Nelson Examiner and New Zealand Chronicle, Volume XXIII, Issue 88, 23 July 1864, Page 3
[FROM A CORRESPONDENT.] Collingwood, July 14,1864. Fatal Accident at Takaka. — An inquest was held at the Shamrock Inn, Waitapu, on the 28th of June, before Henry W. Turnell Esq., E.M., and a Coroner's jury, on the body of James Kealy, who, as appears from the evidence of Mr. Eobert E. Fellowes, was passing down the Takaka river in a canoe, which, being forced by the current against a " snag," was turned over, and the unfortunate deceased was drowned. Mr. Fellowes, who was with the deceased in the canoe, miraculously escaped, by getting on to the canoe, as it floated bottom up. The jury returned a verdict of "Accidentally drowned."
Colonist, Volume XL, Issue 8885, 7 June 1897, Page 2
FIRE AT TAKAKA.
MR FELLOWES STOREHOUSE AND STABLES DESTROYED. (By Telegpaph.) (FROM OUR OWN CORRESPONDENT.) Takaka, June 3. The large and nearly new stables and storehouse belonging :to the Globe Hotel, and owned by Mr R. Fellowes, were totally destroyed by fire yesterday afternoon. The Content's of the stables, which included some 20 tons of hay, chaff, potatoes, harness, and chaff -cutter, were all destroyed. The building was insured for £150. It is estimated that the loss is £200 over the insurance. Thia is the seoond time Mr Fellowes'a stables have been destroyed, and the greatest sympathy is felt for Mr Fellowes, who, besides having his etablea twice destroyed within the last tew year s, has also had a hop kiln burnt.
Wanganui Herald, Volume XXXII, Issue 9478, 2 July 1898, Page 5
Fellowe's Hotel at Waitapu, containing about 30 rooms, was burnt down this morning
Colonist, Volume XLI, Issue 9174, 18 May 1898, Page 2
AN OLD IDENTITY.
One by one the old identities are passing away, the latest to join the ranks of the great majority being Robert Ross Fellowes. " Bob " (as he was familiarly called) had resided for many years in the Takaka district, and he certainly was the most generous man to be found in that valley. He took a keen interest not only in the development of Golden Bay, but of the Colony, and was a firm believer in the supremacy of the British race. No one liked a joke better than " Bob," and at one time, before the complaint he suffered from affected his breathing, no one could sing more sweetly. He had a most excellent memory, and many a pleasant hour was spent in his company, as he called up reminiscenses of the early days of the settlement. Many instances could be produced as proofs of his large-heartedness. Here is one instance. A miner (not a drinker) was stricken with illness, and he came down from the diggings, and put up at the Globe Hotel (which has always been noted for the comfort afforded its patrons). _ He remained there for some time to see if a change of air and style of living would do him good, but eventually he got worse and was removed to Nelson Hospital where he died. Before he left the Globe Hotel he asked for his account, but both Mr and Mrs Fellowes refused to take one penny from the afflicted one, saying, " Keep your money, my dear boy, you may find that you will require some comforts while in the Hospital." The poor fellow a few hours before be passed away spoke in the highest terms of Mr and Mrs Fellowes, and especially of the motherly kindness of the latter. The Maories can also give like testimony. Mr Fellowes, if he had room in his trap, was never known to pass a swagger on the road without giving him a lift. One day he was up the Valley, when he picked up two swaggers, who were foot-sore and almost destitute of cash. He asked them where they were going to, and they replied they were making for an hotel kept by (using a nickname, they did not know Mr Fellowes's proper name), as they had been informed that he was a likely man to help them to get a job. He did not disclose to them that he was the party referred to, but said he was going that way and would drop them at the hotel. On arriving at their destination, they said although they had very little money they felt they must shout for a man who had given them an-eight mile lift. Mr Fellowes refused the shout, and then disclosed his name. The men's faces would have made a study for an artist, when they discovered who their kind benefactor was and then apologised for using the nickname. He stood by them until they procured work. " Bob " used to relate many amusing election stories, especially when there used to be public nominations of the candidates for the House of Representatives. He related that at one election the Chairman of the Liberal candidate's Committee was determined to get the Chairman of the Opposition candidate's Committee drunk on the nomination day, so that he could not appear to propose his man. The Liberal procured some whiskey, and invited the Oppositionist to imbibe, and the invitation was gladly accepted. The Oppositionist proved to be so seasoned to whiskey that the Liberal was knocked over long before his opponent showed the least signs of intoxication. The hour of noon arrived on the nomination day and the Liberal was nowhere to be found, when just as the Returning Officer was on the point of declaring the Opposition candidate elected unopposed, someone in the audience had the pluck to nominate the Liberal candidate with the shortest speech of the kind on record. The biter truly was bitten in thai instance, for he who sought his neighbor's overthrow was found himself lying on the roadside afterwards in a drunken sleep. Many persons in all parts of the Colony will regret to hear of Mr Fellowes's death, foi his big-keartedness and genuine good humor won for him a host of friends, and his esteemed widow and family will have their deepest sympathy.
Robert.Ross married Catherine DUNN on 21 Nov 1854 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. (Catherine DUNN was born in 1834 in Dublin, Dublin, Leinster, Ireland, died on 29 Apr 1910 in Nelson, Nelson, New Zealand and was buried on 1 May 1910 in Wakapuaka Cemetery, Nelson, New Zealand.)