|NAME Thomas ABCOTT||Name variations: None encountered.|
|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 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].
|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].|