Rob is one of Thornhill's older brothers. He developed a fever as a child, and after that loses some of his hearing. Although he's described as "simple," he's exceptionally kind and hardworking. Thornhill loves his brother and employs him when he's an adult. When Thornhill is caught stealing the Brazil wood with Rob, Rob falls overboard and drowns in the Thames.
Rob Character Timeline in The Secret River
The timeline below shows where the character Rob appears in The Secret River. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 1: London
Part 3: A Clearing in the Forest