Robert Collet Edwin HAMPTON 
- Born: 1842, March Cambridgeshire
- Marriage: Margaret McNEILL  on 12 Apr 1869 in St Joseph Rockhampton QLD
- Died: 12 Apr 1899, Kanowna Western Australia aged 57
Another name for Robert was Edwin.
Robert did not accompany his family on the Exodus for some reason but arrived on the Prince Alfred on the 20 Sep 1856. He is described as the son of Inspector Hampton of the Sydney Police aged 14 born March, Isle of Ely CAM of Frederick & Matilda who are in the Colony, he is C of E, literate and in good health.
Ref: New South Wales, Australia, Assisted Immigrant Passenger Lists, 1828-1896
Name: Robert Collett Edwin Hampton
Spouse Name:Margaret McNeill
Marriage Date:12 Apr 1869
Ref: Australia, Marriage Index, 1788-1950
Robert was the Leasee / Publican of the Club Hotel, Thargomindah from April 1879 to August 1889 when the Retail Spirit License from the Queensland Government was transferred to John Taylor.
Ref: Bob Thompson 2015 - Queensland State Archives - Queensland Government Gazette 1870 - 1889
He then took up the lease of Ashby Vale Station and others, remaining there until about 1895. Ashby Vale Station was west of Thargomindah, Western Queensland. Some 1,100km west of Brisbane on the edge of the central Australian Desert. It has a harsh climate
Ref: Bob Thompson 2015 - Queensland Directory - Wise 1894
The Queensland Government Gazette list of cattle brand brands indicates the Hampton's were involved with numerous properties:
Hampton, Robert Edwin - Ashby Vale - Nocundra
Hampton, Frederick Osborn - Ashby Vale - Nocundra
Hampton, Edwin Q. - Ashby Vale - Nocundra
Hampton, Frederick Osborn - Ashby Vale - Thargominda
Hampton, Margaret - Curracunya Springs - Thargominda
Hampton, Robert Collet Edwin - Curracunya Springs - Thargominda
Hampton, R. E. - Ashby-de-la-Zouch - Thargomindah
Ref: Bob Thompson 2015 - Queensland Government Gazette 1903-1910 P698.
Robert was crushed by a fall of earth at Kanowna Gold mine, Western Australia.
HAMPTONRobert Collett Ewin34Miner12 Apr 1899Golden Valley GMKanownaKanowna
The researcher has taken the view that Robert Collet Edwin Hampton who married Margaret Neill 12 Apr 1869 at Rockhampton is the same person as Edwin Collet Hampton who married Margaret, who is mentioned separately in many family tree's.
Mattie Edith Hamptons birth certificate shows 21 Apr 1869 as the marriage date but Bob Thompson has proved in 2015, from the Marriage Register of St Josephs Rockhampton it is the 12th, he wryly notes Robert a publican at the time of Matties birth may have been sampling his own stock!
• Census: England, 30 Mar 1851, Hurst Lane March CAM. Robert C E is recorded as a son aged 8 a scholar born March CAM
Robert married Margaret McNEILL  [MRIN: 371018138], daughter of Arthur McNEILL  and Catherine RICE , on 12 Apr 1869 in St Joseph Rockhampton QLD. (Margaret McNEILL  was born in 1847 in Tamnamore co Armagh Ireland and died after 1910 in Boulder City W.A..)