Archibald Robert (Bobby) Hunter
died as a result of diphtheria at Scarborough Street,
Southport, Queensland, on 26 April 1921 at the age of ‘4
years 9 months and 20 days’. Born in South Brisbane on 6
July 1916 at Mrs Green’s Private Nursing Home, St Alban’s,
Russell Street, South Brisbane, he was the son of James (a
timber contractor) and Susannah (née Smith) Hunter who were
living at that time in Villa Street, off Ipswich Road,
Bobby’s paternal grandfather was John Hunter (b.
Cumbrae, Bute, Scotland, 10 September 1828), the son of
Henry and Agnes Hunter; and his paternal grandmother was
Mary Ann Fitzgibbon (1837-1873, b. Ennis, County Clare,
Ireland), the daughter of James and Bridget (née Hanran)
Fitzgibbon. They were married in Brisbane on 10 October
Bobby Hunter’s maternal grandfather was Samuel Smith
(b. Birmingham, Warwickshire, England, 29 December 1850),
the son of Samuel and Mary (née Stone) Smith; and his
maternal grandmother was Agnes Jack (b. Barrhead,
Scotland, about 1853), the daughter of Robert and Mary (née
Patterson) Jack. They were married at Logan on 19 October
Bobby’s father and mother, James and Susannah (née Smith)
Hunter, were married in Buccan, Queensland, on 31
December 1894. In addition to Archibald Robert, they became
the parents of: Henry Samuel (b. 20 June 1896, known as
Harry; d. 30 May 1979), Petterer Gladys (b. Veresdale 23
March 1898, known as Gladys or Glad), John (b. 28 January
1900, known as Jack; d. 10 August 1927), Agnes May (b. 11
May 1902), Mary Ann (b. 27 January 1904), Susan Vera (b. 16
March 1906; d. 12 July 1910), Beatrice Maud (b. 21 July
1907, known as Beat), James Fitzgibbon (b. 30 July 1909,
known as Jim; d. 18 June 1988), Elizabeth Jean (b. 7
December 1911, known as Jean), Dorothy Jessie (b. 8 July
1914, known as Doss; d. 2004), and Hazel (b. 15 May 1921).
Details of the children’s marriages are endnoted.
After his untimely death, Bobby Hunter’s remains were laid
to rest in the Cooper’s Plains Cemetery on 29 April 1921 in
a service presided over by the Reverend F North of the
Congregational Church in the presence of official witnesses,
Alex W Neil and J Abercrombie. It was his sister, Gladys
Hunter, of Bell’s Paddock, Rocklea, who informed the
authorities of his passing.
the son of John and Mary Ann (née Fitzgibbon) Hunter, was
born in Pimpama, Queensland, and died at Cribb Island (now
part of Brisbane’s airport) on 26 April 1938. His burial in
the Mount Gravatt Cemetery (mon. 4E 9 628A) took place on
the following day.
who was living in Lilly Street, Sherwood at the time of her
death, passed away at the advanced age of 95 years on 21
December 1969. Two days later, after a service in the
Presbyterian Church of St Giles, Nathan Terrace,
Yeerongpilly, she was laid to rest beside her husband. In
the same plot lie the ashes of her daughter Elizabeth Jean
(Mrs Wills) and the remains of her daughter Dorothy Jessie
Hunter. who was buried on 2 June 2004, aged 89 years. The
latter, Doss as she was known, did not marry and supported
her mother throughout her life.
James’s father, John Hunter, died in Brisbane on 18
March 1873; and his mother, Mary Ann, who outlived her
husband by many years, passed away at Wellington Point on 30
October 1917. Her interment took place two days later in the
For the record, the children of Bobby’s paternal
grandparents, John and Mary Ann Hunter, his uncles and
aunts, were as follows: Agnes (b. 1855, not in QPI);
Henry (b. 30 May 1857; d. 1931); Mary Ann (b. 27 July 1859);
Elizabeth Jemima (b. 3 October 1861; d. 19 December 1941);
James (b. 23 January 1864); Unknown (b. about 1866); John
Stewart (b. 27 September 1867; d. 21 October 1882); Janet
(b. 31 May 1870; d. 20 August 1934); and Peter Fordyce (b. 5
April 1873; d. 2 May 1890).
James Fitzgibbon Hunter,
Bobby’s brother, was born on 30 July 1909. On 11
December 1943 he married Maurine Elaine Phipps and
they became the parents of five children: Helen Maurine (b.
1945), Barbara Elaine (b. 1948), Julie Margaret (b. 1952),
Kenneth James (b. 1955) and Ross Vivian (b. 1961).
At the time of his death on 18 June 1988 James Fitzgibbon
Hunter was living in Lutzow Street, Weller’s Hill, a
Brisbane suburb. His ashes were deposited in God’s Acre
after his cremation in the Mount Thompson Crematorium on the
afternoon of 22 June 1988.
The following account of her father’s life was written by
his daughter Julie (Mrs Harcourt):
James Hunter (Jim) was born in Nanango. He was the first of
Susannah Hunter’s children to be born in a hospital. He
started school at Yeronga State School. He used to ride his
horse in from Rocklea until the family moved into Villa
Street in Annerley; but, along with the rest of the family,
he lived in a range of places around south-east Queensland
depending on his father’s interest in horses and cattle.
Places in which they lived that held special meaning to him
were Peak Crossing and Yuleba. As a 12-year-old, he brought
a mob of horses on his own from Yuleba to Rocklea. As a boy
he used to enjoy spending time with his cousin Jim Smith,
particularly riding their horses from Logan Village across
the Logan River to Park Ridge. As a child he broke his elbow
in a fall from a horse. The injury prevented him from being
accepted in both the army and the air force in World War II.
He attended Brisbane State High School; but on the death of
his brother Jack at age 27, he was withdrawn from school in
his Junior year to help Jack’s wife Dorothy, who had one
child and was pregnant with another, run their farm at
Nanango. He was a good runner and was about to compete in
the Queensland schoolboy athletics championships when he was
withdrawn from school. Education was valued in the Hunter
family; so this was a significant sacrifice (although he
never spoke about it in these terms).
He spent some time working at the forestry in Benarkin
before moving to Brisbane. He had hoped to be able to stay
on the land but the impact of death duties after his
father’s death got in the way of this dream. During the war
he drove tankers taking petrol to the ‘petrol dumps’ that
were hidden on Mt Coot-tha in case the Japanese attacked.
He later worked at Archerfield aerodrome and then at Eagle
farm aerodrome, refuelling the aeroplanes. Despite living
all of his married life in Brisbane he had an abiding love
of horses and the
bush that stayed with him throughout his life.