What a difference a day makes! Mary Elizabeth Okely nee Smithers’ business before marriage in 1849 [Perth Gazette 25 May]. Thomas Abcott’s business after marriage [Inquirer 6 June}.
Satisfied Customers [Perth Gazette 28 Apr 1854]
Thomas Abcott leaves the Colony [Perth Gazette 7 Jun 1854]
Thomas Abcott’s Final Discharge from the Army [WO28-266-132]
NAME Thomas ABCOTTName variations: Abcot
Birth Date and Placec. 1824 Kent, England [VICBDM Reg.6073]
Baptism Date and Place
Marriage Date and Place1st: 20 May 1849 Fremantle, Western Australia [WABDM Reg.270].
2nd: Not known. Possibly not formally married as first wife not deceased.
Spouse1st: 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].
Children1st 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].
Occupations1849-1854 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 Acquisition1862 Deed No. 3257, Maryborough, Southern District, Queensland [Qld Crown Land Sales].
Death Date and Place3 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 Place5 June 1879 Melbourne General Cemetery, Carlton, Victoria, Australia [Find a Grave].
Death, Funeral, Obituary NoticesArgus 4 Jun 1879 – funeral notice [TROVE].
Will and ProbateNone.
Regiment96th Regiment of Foot.
Soldier No. and Rank#1788 Private
Enlistment Date31 Dec 1842 Chatham, Kent [WO12-9614-370].
Arrival Australia: Ship and DateHydrabad.  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 DateJava 24 Feb 1847 from Hobart, embarked 27 Jan 1847 [WO12-9620-334].
Military Postings within Western AustraliaPerth 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 MartialNone.
Discharge Date and Place27 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 Discharge25 years.
Length of Service6 years 4 months – deduced [WO12-9614-370].