The STRONGs of Ulster, Ireland, Chapter 2

Robert STRONGRobert STRONG b. 1830
Courtesy: B&I Strong.#01

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This chapter describes the life of Robert STRONG (Jnr) of Holywood, Belfast (Ireland), and Auckland (NZ). Note that Robert’s family bible provides birth, death information and census information for his family.

Robert STRONG (Jnr.) of Belfast & New Zealand


Robert STRONG (Jnr) was my great grandfather. He was born abt Apr to Aug 1830 in Holywood, Co. Down…ii—a), b), and was a carpenter with James McCracken of Belfast…v—a). I first saw Robert's photo in the lounge room of my cousins Brian and Irene STRONG of New Zealand ..... I still remember the surprise of seeing what looked like my grandfather David STRONG. Robert's photo was a large portrait developed on glass and was hand tinted, as was the companion photo of his wife Jane (see my LANE pages). We are grateful to Brian and Irene STRONG for permission to reproduce these photos. A black and white thumb nail of Robert’s photo is above right. The full coloured image of Robert STRONG can be seen here. Note that photos of Robert and Jane in their old age are at the base of this page.

   Click on all these thumbnails highlighted in yellow below for full images with text.
      Robert's photo & Belfast reference.

Image of Robert Strong. Image of Robert's reference.

Robert Strong made a significant name for himself in Belfast, both at work and in the Freemasons. A reference from the Mayor of Belfast describes as follows:

"I have much pleasure in certifying that I have known Mr Robert STRONGE for many years as foreman and general manager of the extensive business of Mr James McCracken, builder, of this town, and I willingly bear testimony to his excellent conduct, strict attention to business, and kindness and courtesy of manner. It is with much regret I learn that so useful a member of the Building Trade is leaving Belfast, as his place will not easily be filled. Mr STRONGE was always strictly temperate, upright and honest in all his dealings. I wish him every success in Auckland, and heartily commend him to every true loyalist. Signed in the Mayor's Parlour, Town Hall, Belfast, this eighteenth day of November, 1874. W. Alex. Henderson Mayor of Belfast."…v—a)

   James M'Cracken, 1861 and modern maps.

Image of Iron Moulders. Image of 1861 Map of Belfast. Image of modern Map of Belfast.

Directory records list James M'CRACKEN as a carpenter and joiner, builder and grocer …v—a), b), c) and later the 1860 Griffiths Valuation shows him occupying a city block in Divis Street just east of the Wesleyan Methodist Chapel and School at the beginning of Falls Rd.…v—d) Just south of M'Cracken's office, workshops and yard in Divis St was McMillan's Place where Robert Strong lived in #25, one of 8 houses for which M'Cracken was the immediate lessor.…iii—a) Perhaps these houses were reserved for his employees? Con Auld mentions the M'CRACKEN family's association with Holywood.…iv—e) Perhaps Robert initially obtained his job with James McCRACKEN due to family associations back in Holywood? More speculation … perhaps James McCracken's grocery business mentioned above…iv—c) gave Robert the idea for a career change when he went to Auckland?

   Robert's masonic certificates.

Image of 1866 certificate. Image of 1863 certificate. Image of master mark mason certificate. Image of Friendly Brothers Certificate. Image of confirmation of Royal Arch membership

Robert STRONG joined Lodge No. 609, Friendly Brothers in Belfast in 1853 (aged 23). This was at Arthur Square, Belfast and 1 mile east of his home. In 1863 he became Master of the lodge.…v—b) Perhaps James M'Cracken was Robert's sponsor in Lodge 609. In 1863 James had risen through the ranks to become Provincial Junior Grand Warden. James was named as a "Notable Mason" in the Freemasons' Hall Arthur Square Belfast. V.W.Bro. James M’Cracken was one of the most enthusiastic Freemasons of his time. His record is remarkable, and testifies to his enthusiasm and sincerity. His interest in the preliminaries to the building of the hall is set forth in the History, where it will be seen that he was present at most of the meetings, and his subscription of £100 was only excelled by that of the R.W. Grand Master, the Marquess of Donegall. Bro. M’Cracken’s name appears on the lease of 1870 with R.W.Bro. Sir Charles Lanyon’s as co-trustee.…iv—f)

Notwithstanding Robert's success in the public arena, he had a sad private life. This may have led him to eventually emigrate from Belfast to a healthier environment in New Zealand?

On 24 Jun 1851 when Robert was 21, he first married Jane ROBINSON, daughter of Torrens ROBINSON, in the Frederick St Wesleyan Chapel, Belfast.…ii—c) On 26 Apr 1862 when Robert was 32, he second married Jane LAIN, daughter of James LAIN & Mary/ Margaret MOORE , in the Wesleyan Chapel, Donegal Square East, Belfast.…ii—d) The LANE family are described on my other pages "LANE/LAIN(E)s of Ulster, Ireland" and an overview is given of Robert's children in Chapter 3.

In 1861 Robert lost his first wife Jane STRONG (nee Robinson) and their 2yr and 4yr old sons…ii—e) when they probably lived in 25 M'Millan's Place Belfast. See the family Bible for Robert’s records of their deaths. Was there an epidemic? The answer was "tuberculosis" in an interview of Robert, son of William Aberdare STRONG. ".......The first wife died of TB and this complaint affected some of her children and her grandchildren. In one family in Auckland - Neill - three died of TB."…viii) Note that one of the surviving daughters of the first marriage, Agnes, eventually died only of heart failure at age 89, but perhaps had passed the disease on to her children..... at least 3 of Agnes' children died of TB. See here.

Robert moved to nearby Alexander Street West by 1862 when he married Jane LAIN in 26 Apr 1862.…ii—d) Robert then lost his 16 month son Hamilton to (teething and diarrhoea for one month) in 1865 at 4 Northumberland St…ii—f), and then his 2 year old elder daughter Sarah to "Croup for two days" in 1868, when he lived at 21 Alexander Street West.…ii—g) Hamilton and Sarah were children to his second marriage. These experiences may have made up Robert's mind to emigrate to a better climate in New Zealand?

Robert moved again by 1870 to Dover St where my grandfather David was born on 4 Aug 1870.…ii—i) One more child, Mary, was born at 108 Dover St on 4 Dec 1872.…ii—j) Daughters Agnes and Jane married in 1874 and Agnes gave her address as 120 Dover St at marriage.…ii—k) Jane gave Robert's occupation when she married calling him a "shipwright".…ii—l) A puzzle here… was it possible that Robert worked for Harland and Wolff shipyard at some stage? Robert was a Unionist, Loyalist and Protestant with considerable building skills and reputation and thus an ideal employee in the shipyard. "Only 16.9 per cent of shipyard workers were Catholic in 1871 and most of these were low-paid labourers. This did not trouble either Harland or Wolff who both became Unionist MPs. Periodic sectarian clashes, notably in 1864, 1872 and 1886, were accompanied by forcible expulsions of Catholics from the yard."…vii)

   Falls Road Methodist Church & Robert's Falls Road Methodist Sunday School farewell gift.

Image of Falls Road Methodist Church. Image of Falls Road Methodist Sunday School presentation.

Robert was a Wesleyan Methodist. He first married Jane ROBINSON in the Frederick St Wesleyan Chapel, Belfast in 1851, and second married Jane LAIN in the Donegal Square East Wesleyan Chapel in Belfast in 1862. The LAIN family were devout Methodists. It is possible that Robert attended the Falls Road Methodist Church from 1860. since he lived at the adjacent 25 M'Millan's Place with his first wife and 21 Alexander Street West with his second wife. His son Robert James attended the Falls Road Sunday School… see here.

Activity in Belfast

The table below summarises the recorded locations and dates in and around Belfast for Robert STRONG (b. c 1830) and his family.

Dates & Locations
Date Location
1825 Rosemary Street Church: Marriage of Robert's parents. (Robert STRONG & Agnes SLOAN). 13 May 1825.
1830 Holywood: Robert born c 1830.
1851 Frederick St Wesleyan Chapel: Robert married Jane ROBINSON. 24 Jun 1851.
1851 Brown Square: Robert lived here when he married Jane ROBINSON. 24 Jun 1851.
1851 Grove St: Jane ROBINSON lived here when she married Robert. 24 Jun 1851.
1853 Arthur Square: Robert joined Masonic Lodge No. 609, Friendly Brothers. 24/12/1853.
1860 25 M'Millan's Place Belfast. James M'Cracken was the immediate lessor. (Source: Griffiths Valuation) Robert probably lived here when his first wife and 2 young sons died of TB in1861, leaving Robert with 9 year old Agnes and 7 year old Jane.
1862 Donegal Square East Wesleyan Chapel: Robert married Jane LAIN. 26 Apr 1862.
1862 Alexander Street West. Robert lived here when he married Jane LAIN. 26 Apr 1862. James M'Cracken was the immediate lessor, if it were #21.
1862 Ross St: Jane LAIN lived here when she married Robert on 26 Apr 1862.
1863 Arthur Square: Robert "exalted" as Worshipful Master of Masonic Lodge 609 on17 Jun, 1863.
1865 4 Northumberland St: Death of son Hamilton on 10 Oct, 1865. Was this the place where Hamilton died and not the place where the family lived?
1868 21 Alexander Street West: Death of daughter Sarah Ann on 19 Jun 1868. Birth of son Joseph. 21 Jun 1868. Griffiths Valuation 1868 gives the address of 49 Alexander Street West.
1870 Dover Street: Birth of son David 4 Aug 1870.
1872 108 Dover Street: Birth of daughter Mary. 4 Dec 1872.
1872 2 Craigs Terrace: Sister-in-law Sarah Anne LANE lived here 4 Dec 1872. Sarah Ann was the informant concerning the birth of Robert's daughter Mary.
1874 120 Dover St: Daughter Agnes lived here when she married Alexander Neill on19 May 1874. By 9 Dec 1874 daughter Jane had left home and lived at 22 Sheldon Street, Jarrow with her grandparents James and Margaret LAIN before she married Joseph LANE.
1874 64 North Boundary St: Son-in-law Alexander Neill lived here when he married Agnes STRONG. 19 May 1874.
1874 Falls Road Wesleyan Sunday School: Son Robert James awarded bible attendance prize. School was located at the beginning of Divis St where it joins Falls Rd.
1874 Emigration to New Zealand from Plymouth on 14 Dec 1874 on the "Baron Aberdare".

Sources… Belfast:
i)    STRONG family bible. Kept by Philip Strong. Images and discussion are on the Family Bible page.
ii)    Birth Death Marriage records.
    ii—a)    Family censuses in family bible. Give Robert Strong’s date of birth abt Apr to Aug 1830.
    ii—b)    Death of Robert Strong. Reg# 1910/1636. Registrar of BDM, New Zealand.
        Date: 22 Aug, 1910. Place: Drury. Death certificate shows he was born in 1830 in Holywood, Co. Down.
    ii—c)    STRONG family bible. 24 Jun 1851 when Robert was 21, he first married Jane ROBINSON.
        ALSO Latter Day Saints Genealogy Library Film: Marriage of Robert Strong & Jane Robinson.
        Film# 0101324 LDS Library Vol 3 Page 115 Cert 41. Robert's address Brown Square.
    ii—d)    STRONG family bible. 26 Apr 1862 when Robert was 32, he second married Jane LAIN.
        ALSO Latter Day Saints Genealogy Library Film, Marriage of Robert Strong & Jane Lain.
        Film # 0101434,Marriages of Belfast Ireland, #194. Robert's address Alexander Street West.
    ii—e)    STRONG family bible.1861 Robert lost his first wife Jane STRONG (nee Robinson) 26 Mar 1861,
        and sons: Robert aged 4, 12 Nov 1861; David aged 2, 22 Nov 1861.
    ii—f)     STRONGE, Hamilton. 1865. Deaths registered in the district of Belfast Urban 5, Bk 2, No. 173;
        Ref 017316/01. Date and Place of Death: 10th October 1865, 4 Northumberland St.
    ii—g)     STRONGE, Sarah Jane. Death. Sex: Female, Death Date: 19 June 1868,
         21 Alexander St West, District of Belfast Urban 4, Bk 11, Entry# 219, Co Antrim, Ireland.
        Rank: Child of a Carpenter, Certified Cause of Death: Croup 2 days.
    ii—h)    STRONGE, Joseph. Birth. Sex: Male, Birth Date: 21 Jun 1868, Birthplace: 21 Alexander St West,
        District of Belfast Urban 4, Bk 9, Entry# 410, Co Antrim, Ireland,
    ii—i)    STRONGE, David. Birth. Sex: Male, Birth Date: 10 Aug 1870, Birthplace: Dover St,
        District of Belfast No. 5, Bk 10, Entry# 149, Co Antrim, Ireland,
   ii—j)    STRONG, Mary. Birth. Sex: Female, Birth Date: 6 Dec 1872,
        Birthplace: 108 Dover St District of Belfast , Urban No. 5, Bk 13, Entry# 319: ,
    ii—k)    Marriage Alexander NEILL & Agnes STRONGE. Volume: (?), Page: (?), Number: 9. 1874
        at the Frederick St. Methodist Church Belfast in the Co. Antrim. When married: May 19th 1874.
       Occupation of Agnes' father… builder.
   ii—l)    Marriage Joseph LANE & Jane STRONGE. Year: 1874, District: South Shields, County: Durham,
       Volume: 10A, Page: 1134, Number: 3. at the Swineburne East Chapel, East Jarrow. 9 Dec 1874.
       Occupation of Jane's father…shipwright.
iii)    Directory records and Griffiths valuation for Robert Strong.
    iii—a)    Griffiths Valuation 1860......Robert STRONG-25 M'Millan's Place Belfast. Page 34S.
    iii—b)    Griffiths Valuation 1860......Dover Street Belfast. Page 188.
        108 Dover St not there in 1860. STRONGs lived in Dover Street in 1870 to 1874 (#s108 & #120).
        Much of the land unoccupied by housing in 1860 and held by John Alexander mill owner.

    iii—c)    Belfast Directory 1868. Transcribed by Lennon Wylie....
        Robert was a carpenter at 49 Alexander-st Belfast. See here.
iv)    Records relating to James M'Cracken.
    iv—a)    Pigot's 1824.......... carpenter and joiner, #11 Long-lane
    iv—b)    Martin's 1841-42...... builder, #29 Barrack Street
    iv—c)    Henderson's 1852...... builder and grocer, #29 & 31 Barrack Street.
    iv—d)    Griffiths Valuation 1860......James M'Cracken -67, 69, 71, 73, 75, 77, 79 Divis St Belfast.
        Just next to the Falls Road Wesleyan School and Chapel- 1 to 81 Fall's Rd.
    iv—e)    Auld C. Holywood Co. Down: Then & now. Self-published,Holywood; 2002; 30.
    iv—f)    Notable masons. Freemasons' Hall, Arthur Square, Belfast, See here.
v)    Records held by museum of United Masters Lodge, 167NZC, Auckland.
        Donated by Robert's grandson, Robert W. STRONG
    v—a)    Henderson WA. Reference for Robert Stronge. Nov 18, 1874.
    v—b)    Various documents.
vi)     Bible held by Philip Strong. Award from Falls Road Wesleyan Sunday School. Robert James Strong received bible as an attendance prize. School was located at the beginning of Divis St where it joins Falls Rd.
vii)     Enterprise led to Belfast ruling the waves. The Irish Times; 11 Mar 2000. See here.
viii)     Taped interview of Robert William Strong by Brian Strong.


The STRONG family left Plymouth in the ‘Baron Aberdare’ on 14 Dec 1874 as assisted emigrants. They arrived in Auckland after 95 days on 19 Mar, 1875. The "Daily Southern Cross" newspaper reported on 20 Mar 1875 that the following STRONG passengers had arrived: Robert aged 44, Jane 34, Robert James 13, Joseph 7, David 5, Mary 2, Margaret 24. In addition William Aberdare was born on the passage on 4 Feb 1875.…i), ii), iii) Pictured below is the 'Baron Aberdare' Photo: San Francisco History Center, San Francisco Public Library.…ii)

   Ship 'Baron Aberdare'

Baron Aberdare.

The ship was described as an "iron ship of 1,6330 tons" and "replete with every modern invention". This "extreme clipper"… "for strength and carrying capacity combined can vie with any vessel afloat". The ship must have been labour intensive, since it had accommodation for 38 seamen, 12 petty officers as well as "officers' quarters… the most comfortable of any vessel that has ever visited Auckland". The normal use of the ship was for passengers and cargo. However, "the vessel, when measured for conveyance of troops in Sunderland, was found capable of carrying 780 men".…i)

The general account of the trip in this paper said:

"The Baron Aberdare, a new ship, built to the order of the New Zealand Shipping Company, arrived in port last evening (Mar 19) from London, with a general cargo and a long list of passengers. Captain Edmonds reports that the Baron Aberdare discharged the pilot off Plymouth, on the 14th December, and left the Channel with a fresh N.E. wind. Passed Madeira on the 19th. Experienced light winds, and crossed the equator in long 21 W. on 6th January. Had light S.E. trades and light variable winds afterwards. Passed the meridian of the Cape on the 4th of February. Fresh westerly breezes from there to the meridian of the Leeuwin, which was passed on the 20th February. Ran down the easting in latitude 40 deg S. After passing the Leeuwin had light easterly and N.E. winds. Rounded Tasmania on March 2nd, and since then have had a dead boat here. Two births on the passage, and one infant died. The ship made the run in 95 days from Plymouth. She is described as being a fine new clipper vessel of over 1,500 tons register, and it was confidently expected that she would make the premier passage of the season to this port, but contrary winds delayed her to a great extent. The immigrants have all arrived in excellent health, not an adult death being recorded by the surgeon superintendent, Dr. J. Forman. The Health Officer (Dr. Philson) and the Immigration officer (Mr. Ellis) will inspect the vessel this morning, when no doubt a clean bill of health will be given, as we understand that there is no disease on board of an infections character."
A list of 167 passengers then followed.…iii)

The voyage on the Baron AberdareShip "Baron Aberdare" reunion.
Newspaper clipping.Courtesy B. Strong…vi)
See original article here.

The "Assisted Emigration to Auckland" register sets out that the STRONGs' emigration cost the government £79-15!…iv) Robert STRONG's grandson Robert W. STRONG said:

"My grandparents Robert and Jane STRONG who lived in Belfast, Ireland, decided to emigrate to New Zealand mainly for reasons of my grandfather's health. They went to London where they had to wait until a suitable sailing ship was ready. They were to have sailed in a ship called the Cospatrick , but as there was an outbreak of sickness amongst some of the children they could not sail on that particular vessel. This was indeed fortunate for as the ill-fated vessel was sailing down the west coast of Africa a fire broke out. The vessel was destroyed with great loss of life. There were very few survivors. In due course they boarded a vessel called the Baron Aberdare and set sail. Conditions on board were very crowded and the food was not of the best. On board there were a number of pregnant women and the captain ordered that food from his own table be sent to them to supplement their rations. My grandmother, Jane STRONG, was one of these and as the ship rounded the Cape of Good Hope my father was born. He was named after the ship; William Aberdare STRONG. As the ship came into the Indian Ocean she became becalmed for some time. The pitch oozed out of the seams in the deck. This caused quite a delay, but eventually they got moving again and sailed on to reach Auckland, New Zealand after a voyage that took 104 days. The STRONG family settled in Auckland where my grandfather established a grocery business. Originally in Northern Ireland he was a carpenter. The STRONGs lived for a good number of years in Auckland, but when they grew older they left the city and came to live in the old house on my father's property at Drury, in which house I was actually born."…v)

The voyage on the ‘Baron Aberdare’ remained important to the immigrants, even to organizing a Diamond Jubilee Reunion .... see the newspaper clipping above. Note the last sentence where it says that "The surviving infant, Mr William Aberdare STRONG, of Drury, will attend the reunion." It would appear that the family was grateful for their good fortune in missing the ‘Cospatrick’ voyage.

Further information can be seen here in our chapter "Shipping and our Strong family" concerning the ‘Cospatrick’, including the painting by Samuel Calvert: "The burning of the emigrant ship Cospatrick off the Cape of Good Hope" [1874]. On the same page, there is a full description of the ‘Baron Aberdare’ and a list of its passengers.

New Zealand

City of Auckland Valuation Rolls show Robert STRONG was a grocer who rented a building in Wellington Street from 1880 to 1885 inclusive. The 1912 roll describes it as a two storey wooden shop with rooms. The house was five doors from the intersection of Wellington and Union streets. It was demolished for an overbridge and motorway.…viii) Robert conducted a census each 5 years in NZ and recorded it in his family bible.…vii) On 3/4/1881 Robert (aged 50 years) lived at Wellington St. Auckland, with his wife Jane (40 yrs) and five children Joseph (12 yrs), David (10 yrs), Mary (8 yrs), William Aberdare (6 yrs) and John Taylor (1.5 months).

Life at Victoria Ave, Eden Terrace. Robert's second census was in 28 Mar 1886 at 24 Victoria Ave, Eden Terrace, Auckland. The same people were present: Robert & Jane, with five children, Joseph, David, Mary, William Aberdare, John Taylor. Robert's third family census was on 5 Apr 1891, which showed that Robert and Jane were present with only three children remaining. By this stage Joseph (22 years) and David (20 years) had left home.…vii) Eden Terrace Valuation Rolls and valuation field sheets describe Robert's property as a Hip Roof villa 1 storey with five rooms... occupier STRONG Robert, occupation Grocer, owner Herd, Matthew, Dairyman.…viii)

   Elderly Robert & Jane Strong & their gravestone at Drury.

Image of Iron Moulders. Image of 1861 Map of Belfast. Image of modern Map of Belfast.

When Robert and Jane retired to Drury, the electoral rolls now described Robert as a carpenter.…viii) They lived in one or other of one of their son's (William Aberdare STRONG) houses in Drury until their deaths. The photograph below, courtesy of Brian STRONG, shows Robert and Jane at Drury. Notes on the back of the photos in Robt W. STRONG's writing: " Granddad Robert STRONG. wearing one of his Masonic jewels on his watch chain." …also "Granny STRONG at Drury shortly before she died."…xii)

Robert died on 22 Aug 1910…ix), x) and Jane died on 21 Aug 1921.…xi) The direct quote of Robert's obit from the Auckland Star, 23 Aug 1910 is:

“STRONG, On August 22, Robert, beloved husband of Jane STRONG, and father of William STRONG, Drury, and Mrs A. Neill and John STRONG, of Auckland; aged 80 years. “His end was peace.” Funeral will leave his late residence at 8 PM tomorrow for the Drury Presbyterian Cemetery. Friends please accept this intimation.” …ix)

Robert and Jane's headstone reads: In Loving memory of Robert, Dearly beloved husband of Jane STRONG, died 22nd August 1910, age 80 years. Also, Jane STRONG, wife of the above, died 21st August 1921, age 81 years. “They shall be mine saith the Lord of Hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels.”

Sources: Emigration and New Zealand.
      i)  The Baron Aberdare. The Daily Southern Cross, Auckland; Mar 30, 1875; page 2, columns 1-2. See here.
      Also please see transcription of this source here.
      ii)  The "Baron Aberdare" Photo: San Francisco History Center, San Francisco Public Library.
      iii)  The Baron Aberdare. The Daily Southern Cross, Auckland; Mar 20, 1875: 2.. See here.
      iv)  "Assisted Emigration to Auckland" register shows the STRONGs' emigration
        cost the government £79-15! File: # Im 15/190 .
      v)  Robert STRONG's grandson Strong Robert William interviewed by Brian Strong. 1978.
      vi) Ship "Baron Aberdare" reunion. Newspaper clipping. Courtesy B. Strong;
      vii)  Robert conducted a census each 5 years in NZ and recorded it in his family bible. See here.
      viii)  Directories and rolls relevant to Robert STRONG. 1881/2 Auckland Electoral Roll: Robert Strong, resident of Wellington St, occupation Grocer. 1882- 1883 & 1884- 1885 Burgess Valuation Roll for the City of Auckland (South Ward): Robert Strong, grocer, who owned a building in Wellington Street, with a property number on the roll of 1080, a ratable value of £40, with one vote. 1890 Newton Electoral Roll: Robert Strong, resident of Victoria Ave, occupation Grocer. 1893 Parnell Electoral Roll: Robert Strong, resident of Victoria Ave, occupation Grocer and Jane Strong, resident of Victoria Ave, occupation domestic duties. Note that this is the first time women voted in NZ. 1896 Postal Directory: Robert Strong is listed for Victoria Ave, Eden Terrace, Auckland. 1896 Newton Electoral Roll: Robert Strong, resident of Victoria Ave, occupation Grocer. 1896 Parnell Electoral Roll: Robert Strong, resident of Victoria Ave, occupation Grocer and Jane Strong, resident of Victoria Ave, occupation domestic duties 1899 Grocers’ Trade Index: Robert Strong is listed for Victoria Ave, Eden Terrace, Auckland. 1905 Grey Lynn Electoral Roll: Robert Strong, Victoria Ave Settler and Jane Strong, Victoria Ave, domestic duties. (2 Oct 1905) 1905 Franklin Electoral Roll (supplementary 22 Nov, 1905): Robert Strong, Drury, carpenter and Jane Strong, Drury,married. 1908 Franklin Electoral Roll: Robert Strong, Drury, carpenter and Jane Strong, Drury, married.
      ix)  Robert's obit from the Auckland Star, 23 Aug 1910.
      x)  STRONG—In loving memory of my dear father Robert Strong, who died at Drury on August 22, 1910. “Thy will be done.” Auckland Star, Volume XLI, Issue 199, 23 August 1910, Page 10
     xi)  Funeral Notice in “NZ Herald” on Mon 22 August, 1921.
STRONG.— On Sunday, August 21, 1921, at the residence of her son, W.A. STRONG, Drury. Jane, widow of the late Robert STRONG, in her 82nd year. The funeral will leave the above address for the Drury Presbyterian Cemetery, tomorrow (Tuesday), August 23, at 1.30 pm.
     xii) Pers. com. Brian Strong.

The Story Continues