KEEN Robert (Bob) Edgar McDonald

Name Robert (Bob) Edgar McDonald KEEN
Country Of Origin Australia
Born 1902
Died 1968
Birth/Baptism 25 May 1902, Gormanston
Parents Edgar and Mary Keen (formerly Hempseed)
Apprenticeship Approx. 1918-1921: Three years, Melbourne, engraving, and with his father, Edgar Keen.
Skills Watchmaker, Jeweller, Engraver
Work Locations Devonport
Street Address
Stewart Street, Devonport
Marriage/Spouse 12 May 1924, St John’s Church, Launceston, to Thelma May Barnes
Other 1918: Gold medal recipient for Trinity College pianoforte music examination.

April 1921: Robert returned to Devonport to work with his father after completing three years of training with a Melbourne engraver.

November 1926: Purchased watchmaking and jewellery business in Donald, Victoria, from Mr R N Wadsworth.

12 May 1942: Enlisted for military service, recorded as a 40-year-old watchmaker and jeweller with qualifications in precision instrument making.

Following the death of his wife in 1946 and his mother in 1947, Robert sold the Donald watchmaking and jewellery business in November 1947 to Mr Phil Howard and moved back to Devonport.

1950s-1960s: Jeweller, 7 Payne Avenue, Devonport (electoral rolls).

May 1952: Death of father, Edgar Keen.

Death 2 February 1968, Latrobe

5 February 1968, cremation, Carr Villa Cemetery, Kings Meadows, Launceston.

Stephen Keen to Hands of Time, February 2023: Donald Archives to Hands of Time, September 2023.
TAHO: RGD33/4/6 no911 Birth 1902, File No. 957 Indexes: 1966411 Marriage 1924, AD960/1/115 Will No. 50194 1968.
Web: Ancestry: Australia Electoral Rolls 1920s-1960s; National Archives of Australia, Military Service Record Series B884, Service No. V361713. Carr Villa Cemetery record, ref. Northern Wall No. 4, Site B3.
The Mercury (Hobart) 27 May 1902; The Examiner (Launceston) 30 September 1918; Advocate 13 April 1921, 17 July 1924, 14 November 1946 [Thelma Keen], 29 August 1947 [Mary Keen], 10 May 1952.