Saturday, March 26, 2016

Obit for Thomas Uriah Banfield (1942)

I recently found this obituary of my great-great-grandfather Thomas Uriah Banfield (1864-1942). To this day I have not identified his arrival ship from England to Australia, but this obituary makes it clear when he arrived  - he was not an 'assisted immigrant' so likely paid his way to Australia after marrying Ellen HARRINGTON in Kent, and perhaps sailed separately from her ( The obituary gives details of his rural working life and employer, connection to his brother and nephew (I met the latter as a little boy, still farming at Lake Cargelligo), and to my great-grandfather Norman HALL and family in Burwood NSW. It does not mention his wife Ellen (who died in 1907), or daughter Mary Ellen BANFIELD who died two years before him.

I am intrigued by the latter comment on family remaining in Kent. I know some of his numerous siblings outlived him in England, but know nothing of what contact he retained with them during the >50 years he spent in Australia.

Frustratingly I do not have a photo of his headstone in Lake Cargelligo.

West Wyalong Advocate
13 Apr 1942
The sad death of Thomas Uriah Banfield, who has been a resident of Bootoowa for the past nine years, occurred recently, at the Lake Cargelligo District Hospital.
Deceased, who was 75 years of age, was born in Kent, England, coming to Australia in 1888 at the age of 21 years. For forty years he was in the employment of Mr. W.J. Campbell (now deceased), formerly of Hay and later Baulkham Hills. After his retirement in 1933, he came to live with his brother, Mr. J. Banfield, of Bootoowa. Besides his brother, sister-in-law and nephew, of Bootoowa, Lake Cargelligo, he leaves a son-in-law and six grandchildren, Mr. N. Hall and family, of Burwood, other relatives reside in England.
His funeral took place in the Methodist portion of the Lake Cargelligo cemetery. The burial ceremony was read by the Rev. W.M. Bramford.

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