William Roper Travis chose the Victorian Gothic style popular in the period for the construction of a cottage for his family in 1893. Travis, born in Richmond in 1865, was the son of monumental mason Herbert Davison Travis (1835-1890) who had established a stonemason’s yard in Windsor Street earlier in the century. William carried on the family business until illness forced his early retirement. Many examples of his craft may be still found in local cemeteries such as St Peter’s Richmond. In 1892 he won a tender for construction of sandstone curb and guttering which is still in place in many streets of the town at a price of 12 shillings per foot. Travis died unexpectedly at the age of 61 years in August 1924.
Mr W Travis has completed building a 5 room brick residence for himself in Chappel (sic) Street.
Shock death of Mr William Roper Travis of ‘Inew’ Richmond, monumental mason aged 61 years.
Obituary of William Roper Travis, he had retired from the business due to illhealth 2 years ago.
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