Heritage > FINLEY Robert: 1892 – 1919 D Aus ANZAC
Avenue of honour Upper YarraThe Upper Yarra Museum has initiated a project to recreate a Memorial avenue of trees dedicated to the WW1 fallen from the old Upper Yarra Shire. The reformed avenue is to be planted along the old railway line, now the Lilydale to Warburton Rail Trail by Anzac Day 2015.


Robert Finley was born in Carlton in 1892, he was from Black Sands Gilderoy and worked as a labourer. In L Finley’s small marbled covered wage book in the Upper Yarra Museum collection it is recorded he worked on the recreation ground and was paid by the Upper Yarra Shire before his death. It is the last entry in the book. He was paid at 25 shillings an hour for his last week. The rate for other men was 10 or 12 shillings an hour.
2055 Private Robert FINLEY was a soldier from the Upper Yarra who died prematurely, he suffered from shell shock and was discharged 14.7.1916 and died in Australia 6.9.1919. a premature death due to war-related causes.
Poppy lestweforgetFamily Name FINLEY
Given Names Robert
Birth Date 1892
Birth Place Carlton VIC
Occupation at time of Enlistment Labourer
Date of Enlistment 18.3.1915
Age at Enlistment 23 years
Service Number(s) 2055
Rank on Enlistment Private
Next of Kin Father: R FINLEY
Embarkation Embarkation roll
Address at Date of Enrolment Blacksands Rd via Yarra Junction
Date of Embarkation 13.4.1915
Name of Ship HMAT A55 Kyarra
Port of Embarkation Sydney NSW
Nominal roll Nominal Roll
Rank on Nominal Roll Private
Unit on Nominal Roll 4th Battalion
Australia War Memorial Honour Roll Roll of honour
Roll of Honour name projectionRobert Finley’s name will be projected onto the exterior of the Hall of Memory
Location on the roll of Honour Panel No 40
Commemoration Details Rosewood Roman Catholic Cemetery
*Date Returned to Australia 11.3.1916
*Date of Discharge 18.7.16
*Rank on Discharge Private
*Date of Death 6.9.1919
*Age at death 27 years
Local Rolls of Honour.
Political Labor Council Honor Roll, Shire Hall Yarra Junction 1918 : Upper Yarra RSL

  • Finley R
Local Memorials.
Yarra Junction Cenotaph: Enlisted

  • Finley R
AIF Data Base Robert FINLEY

Family Life



Commemorating the Fallen – Yarra Junction Cenotaph – The Great War 1914 – 1919 Bob Sutherland

NAA: B2455, FINLEY Robert