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Rev. Robert Hanlin was the founder of the Scots Presbyterian Church (in South Terrace). His family was living in Bardrop Cottage in 1890.
[In 1885] Scots Church was established in Fremantle. The services were conducted by a lay preacher until the first settled minister, the Rev. Robert Hanlin, arrived. Mr. Hanlin held his first service in the Oddfellow's Hall on October 17, 1887, and faithfully served his church for 35 years, when failing health compelled him to retire. During his long and fruitful pastorate he won the respect and esteem of all sections of the community and his strenuous work on behalf of his church will long be remembered by those who were associated with him. Hitchcock: 67.
HANLIN, (Rev.) Robert. b. 9.7.1855 (Stonehouse Lanark Scotland), son of John (merchant). Arr. 21.9.1886 per Carthage from London, m. 7.1878 Emily Armit MacKAY b. 6.12.1853, dtr of James & Jane Manning & widow of Roderick. Chd. Emily Armit b. 1890 (Frem. Presb.), John Francis bp. 1890 (Frem. Presb.), Robert Trewelyan b. 1892 (Frem. Presb.), Reginald Alan b. 1895 (Frem. Presb.), Margaret Daisy, Eric. Had been assistant minister at Stirling Scotland. Founded Scots Presbyterian Church, Fremantle (first services in Oddfellows & Town Halls). 1890 lived at "Burdrop Cottage". 1897 bought land at Bedfordale & built house "Mt Paradise". Educ. Glasgow University & Free Church College, Glasgow. Presb. (Erickson)
Hanlin Way, Samson, is named after Robert Hanlin.
Erickson, Rica et al. 1987 (etc.), Bicentennial Dictionary of Western Australians, UWAP.
Hitchcock, J.K. 1929, The History of Fremantle, The Front Gate of Australia, 1829-1929, Fremantle City Council: 67.
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