Robert A. Clinton

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Robert Clinton, member of the Ballarat School of Mines Football Team", 1907. Courtesy Federation University Historical Collection
Back left to right: Beaumont, Norman Buley, Charles, Elliott
2nd back row left to right: Crossley, Robin, Pearce, Stanger-Leathes, Treloar, Leslie J. Coulter
2nd front row left to right: Bieske, Davenport, Seward, Robert A. Clinton
Ditchburn, Dawson, Campbell


Born 25 October 1879 at Taradale, Victoria, Robert Adam Clinton was the son of Adam Donaldson and Wilhelmina (nee Cameron) Clinton. He was a mining engineer from Ballarat. [1]

Robert Clinton studied Chemistry at the Ballarat School of Mines in 1898.[2]

He died in Melbourne East at the age of 46 in 1936.[3]

Military Experience

Robert Clinton enlisted at the age of 36 in September 1916 serving with the 1st Tunnelling Company. The Electoral Roll of 1906 records him as a miner at Laverton, Western Australia.[4]

He was one the team of officers from the 1st Australian Tunnelling Company who were responsible for firing the massive explosive charge in a mine under Hill 60. Capt Clinton was in charge of the digging of the advanced tunnels under the German trenches. [5]

See also

1st Tunnelling Company

Hill 60


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