Joseph Roff

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Joseph Roff was a draper operating from premises in Ballarat and Buninyong in 1854 and costumier to the first theatre in Ballarat.[1]


Mr Joseph Roff, who died at Ballarat recently, was a member of the oldest Ballarat tailoring firm of I. and J. Roff.[2]

BALLARAT. monday.
The news of the death in Melbourne of Mr. Joseph Roff, has caused much regret in Ballarat, where he arrived in the early fifties. Mr. Roff, who carried on business up to the time of his death in the Main-road, has been ailing for several ,years, and recently he proceeded to Melbourne, in the hope that the change of air would prove beneficial. The deceased gentleman, who was 68 years of age, had a vivid recollection of the occurrences during the Eureka stockade epoch, and was a sympathiser with the diggers. Black, one of the Eureka insurgents, found in Mr. Roff's premises a haven of refuge, and the deceased gentleman also offered "cover " to other of the Stockade insurgents. He warmly advocated the erection of the post and telegraph office which now ornaments the Main-road, and he was also a leading figure in the movement that led to the construction of the spacious public baths. For a number of years deceased was a leading member of the Ballarat East Town Council, and an enthusiastic member of the committee of the public library, the presidential chair of which he filled for several terms. He was unmarried, and a native of Bradford. England. As a tribute of respect flags were to-day hoisted at half-mast at the town hall, public library, Old Colonists' Hall and Ballarat Fire Brigade station.[3]

The inquest was resumed on Friday at the city court on the body, of Isabella Roff, wife of Joseph Roff, clothier, who died from an affection of the lungs and kidneys. She had been attended by a Chinese herbalist named Joseph Sang, who, it was stated, had treated her for typhoid fever. Mr. Fred. Ham attended the inquest on behalf of Mr. Sang. Joseph Roff gave evi dence that his wife had every confidence in Sang, who had successfully treated seve ral diphtheria cases in the family. He (Mr. Roff) had also great faith in the abilities of the herbalist. Dr. Salmon refused to give a certificate as to the cause of death. He had been called in to see Mrs. Roff be fore she died, and Mr Ham, in cross-ex amining a witness, remarked that all the doctors had got their knives into the Chinese herbalists, and the coroner asked how any person could say such a thing. Mr. Ham replied that "it looked very like it, when Sang was unable to get a European medical man to represent him at the post mortem examination of the body of Mrs. Roff." Several witnesses having been examined', the inquest was further adjouru-cd until Wednesday next. [4]


See also

Old Colonists' Association

I. & J. Roff



  1. accessed 15 March 2013.
  2. Weekly Times, 24 October 1925.
  3. The Age, 22 May 1894.
  4. Age, 24 October 1903.

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--Beth Kicinski 14:37, 16 March 2015 (AEDT)

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