Robert Carl Sticht Jr with Marion, California 1915. Robert was born in Penghana in 1895, one of the first children born in the area. He was educated at Melbourne Grammar and graduated from Throop College (later CalTech) in California in 1917. He enlisted in the US Army with his college friend Frank Capra. Robert did not see active service and returned to Australia in 1919, taking over the Balfour mine in its last years. He worked for the Mt Lyell Company all his life, dying in an industrial accident in Yarraville in 1959.
I have heard from Mr Ric Begg, a nephew of Robert’s wife, Helen Begg. They married in 1940. Mr Begg writes that he remembers “a kindly, slightly awkward, and gentle uncle, who spoke with a lisp; a great contrast to aunt Helen!
My memories of him at the family parties inevitably involved him with a movie camera, unobtrusively recording the goings-on. “
Hadmar and Chet in wheelbarrow. Chester mine, c.a. 1910. I believe the man is Luke Williams, Sticht’s right-hand man at Balfour and Chester.
Hadmar was educated at Melbourne Grammar and in W. A. He returned to Tasmania in 1933 and with two friends became the first Europeans to traverse the Franklin/Gordon Rivers. This is mistakenly attributed to RCS senior’s brother in Richard Flanagan’s history of the Gordon region “A Terrible Beauty”
Hadmar took his degree in Geology from Auckland
in 19.. and a PhD from Harvard in 1949. He was Professor of Geology at Uni of California from the early 1950s until his retirement in 1964.
Chet travelled widely, returning to Fremantle to marry a local woman, Betty Goff. They settled in California, near his brother Hadmar, where Chet was Frank Capra’s personal assistant for 25 years.