Robertson Cemetery near the edge of the Southern Highlands noted for its undulating landscape and the setting for the movie, Babe.
The sleepy town of Robertson in the Southern Highlands is a million miles away from the picturesque coastal town of Stanley, but here lies Marthann Poke, granddaughter of one of Tasmania's earliest pioneers.
The grave of Marthann Poke contains no clues as to how she came to this part of the world, so far away from her family and familiar surrounds.
Marthann was laid to rest in 1887. She was the twin sister of Emily Poke and daughter of John Poke and Marianne Gale, born at Stanley on 10 August 1863. At aged 22, she married Francis Anthony Tatlow at the St James Church in Stanley.
Immediately after her marriage to Francis, Marthann and Francis moved to New South Wales. It is not known what brought them to Robertson, however, Francis’ brother-in-law, George Eyears, came from a prominent family who farmed in the district.
Two years after the move, Marthann passed away on 9 December 1887. Two months later, her only child, Anthony Tatlow, died on 4 February 1888 aged 12 months. Both were interred at the Robertson Cemetery where their headstone remains to this day. Francis remarried in the following year to Barbara Fraser, born in Wollongong on 15 October 1849. The marriage took place at the Presbyterian Church at Moss Vale on 10 January 1889. Before his marriage to Barbara, Francis joined the NSW Regiment of Lancers. In 1891, he was promoted to the position as farrier sergeant. He remained in the service for 18 years. Then in 1908, Francis contested a seat for council at the Wingecarribee Shire and was successful. He remained with the council until around 1914, whereafter no further traces of him could be found.
The ornate headstone of Marthann Poke and Anthony Tatlow
He died at his residence at Binnaway on 8 May 1939, aged 77. He was predeceased by his wife, Barbara, who died ten years earlier.
Marthann’s headstone is transcribed as follows: F Tatlow In Loving Remembrance Of His Dear Wife Marthann Died 9 December 1887 Aged 24 Years Also Anthony Tatlow Beloved Son of the Above Died 4 February 1888