Robert John Henry Price was born on 3 Jan 1879, one of ten children and the younger son of Robert Henry Price JP (1836-1901) and his wife Mary Bushby (1838-1936). He was educated at the Launceston High School and worked as a storekeeper at the Tasmania Mine at Beaconsfield. In March 1915, after the closure of the mine, Robert was employed at the Launceston Town Hall as a clerk, where he remained until his sudden death on the way to work on Saturday 11 Aug 1928. He was 49.
Robert was active in the Masonic fraternity, a keen supporter of the Launceston Football Club and a member of the Launceston and South Launceston Bowls Clubs and Working Men's Club. Widespread respect for Robert was demonstrated by the large representative gathering at his funeral, which left his mother's residence in Canning Street for the Carr Villa Cemetery. The graveside service was conducted by Rev. Richards of the Paterson Street Methodist Church. Robert was buried in Section E2 No. 38. See The Examiner 17 Sep 2005, page 25.