NAME Thomas ABCOTT Name variations: Abcot.
Birth Date and Place c. 1824 Kent, England [VICBDM Reg.6073]
Baptism Date and Place
Marriage Date and Place 1st: 20 May 1849 Fremantle, Western Australia [WABDM Reg.270].
2nd: Not known. Possibly not formally married as first wife not deceased.
Spouse 1st: Mary Elizabeth SMITHERS widow of William Okely [WABDM Reg.270]. Died Hackney, London 6 Mar 1892 [E&WBDM Reg.1b-414].
2nd: Emma Sophia BROOKE widow of William Witton [deduced].
Children 1st Marriage: None.
2nd Marriage: Step children Fanny, Arthur or Frederick Charles Witton [VICBDM].
Florence b. 1868 East Collingwood, Victoria, Australia [VICBDM Reg.1957].
Edith Emily b. 1870 East Collingwood, Victoria, Australia [VICBDM Reg.7833].
Amy b. 1875 East Collingwood, Victoria, Australia [VICBDM Reg.7833].
Lillian Emma b. 1877 East Collingwood, Victoria, Australia [VICBDM Reg.21526].
Occupations 1849-1854 Merchant and Ship Owner (Perth, WA).
1858 Teacher (Motupipi, Nelson, NZ).
1861 Customs Officer (Maryborough, Qld).
1861 Shipping Master (Wide Bay, Qld).
1864 Clerk, Education Department (Victoria).
[various Government Gazettes and Newspapers in locations referenced].
Land Acquisition 1862 Deed No. 3257, Maryborough, Southern District, Queensland [Qld Crown Land Sales].
Death Date and Place 3 June 1879 4 Hurst Cottages, Church Street, Richmond, Victoria, Australia [VICBDM Reg.6073].
Cause of Death: Poisonous effects of an overdose of some preparation of opium taken medicinally to relieve pain [TROVE].
Click here for Melbourne Herald report of inquest.
Burial Date and Place 5 June 1879 Melbourne General Cemetery, Carolton, Victoria, Australia [Find a Grave].
Death, Funeral, Obituary Notices Argus 4 Jun 1879 – funeral notice [TROVE].
Will and Probate None.
Regiment 96th Regiment of Foot.
Soldier No. and Rank #1788 Private
Enlistment Date 31 Dec 1842 [WO12-9614-370].
Arrival Australia: Ship and Date Hydrabad. Embarked 29 Jun 1843, Gravesend, Kent. [WO12-9615-192 to 199].
Dep. 4 Jul 1843, Deal, Kent. Arr. 17 Oct 1843, Sydney, NSW.
Arr. 4 Nov 1843, Launceston, VDL [TROVE].
Arrival Western Australia: Ship and Date Java 24 Feb 1847 from Hobart, embarked 27 Jan 1847 [WO12-9620-334].
Military Postings within Western Australia Perth HQ 24 Feb 1847 to Mar 1849 [WO12-9620-334 to 9622-199].
Perth HQ 1 to 27 Apr 1849 [deduced as WO12-9624 Musters & Pay Lists not extant in WA].
The detachment left for Calcutta on 18 May 1849 with the regiment [TROVE].
Courts Martial None.
Discharge Date and Place 27 Apr 1849 Perth, Western Australia – Conditional [WO28-266-97].
15 Feb 1851 Horse Guards, Westminster, London.
1 Jul 1851 Commandant, Perth, Western Australia.
Purchased Discharge for £18 0s. 0d. [WO28-266-132].
Age at Discharge 25 years.
Length of Service 6 years 4 months – deduced [WO12-9614-370].