Sir Francis Ronalds and his Family

Ronalds Family Graves

Ronalds family vault at Brentford in 2012

Sir Francis' gravestone at Battle, indicated by an arrow

Alfred's grave in Ballarat, in the centre foreground

The ancestral Ronalds family tomb is at St Lawrence's church in Brentford, West London. It was used by four generations of the family extending over a century. It is the final resting place of the paternal grandparents of Sir Francis and Alfred Ronalds ("Old Hugh" and his wife Mary), their parents (Francis and Jane), six of their aunts and uncles, their sister Charlotte and brother Nathaniel, and nine of their first cousins, as well as other family members. After the church closed in 1960, the graveyard became very delapidated.

Sir Francis himself was buried in a simple grave with no headstone in the public cemetery at Battle in East Sussex.

Alfred was laid to rest in the Ballarat Old Cemetery in Victoria. His epitaph reads:

Sacred to
the Memory of
Brother of
The First Inventor of Electric Telegraph in 1816.

A new granite tombstone was placed in 2008 by the Victorian Fly-Fishers' Association.

Further Information

Inscriptions on the Ronalds family vault in Brentford

Sir Francis Ronalds: Father of the Electric Telegraph (2016)
- published by Imperial College Press

Alfred Ronalds: Angler, Artisan and Australian Pioneer (2022)
- published by Medlar Press