Thomas Oates was born at
Traboe, near St Keverne, Cornwall in 1835, the son of Thomas and Elizabeth (nee Williams)
The seventh of a family of ten, he was christened on May 22,
1835 at St. Keverne.
On April 23, 1858, Thomas embarked at Plymouth
for Australia on the
arriving in Sydney on the 28 July 1858.
His elder brothers, William and John, were already in
Australia, having departed some five years previously in 1853
aboard the Blundell
on the same ship as his future wife. Others of his family
followed. His sister, Millicent, and her husband, John
Martin, arrived on the Agincourt
in 1862. His
mother, Elizabeth, and sister, Grace (nee Pascoe), arrived on the
On March 25, 1864 at Guyong Methodist
Church he married Elizabeth Thomas. It was the first wedding
ceremony performed in that church. Elizabeth was born in St
Keverne, Cornwall on January 21, 1843, the daughter of William Thomas and Mary (nee Coplin)
She was baptized in St. Keverne on March 5, 1843. She had
arrived in Australia with her family aboard the Blundell
In 1866, Thomas and Elizabeth settled on a
Property called 'Rosewick' (named after a property of the same
name near St. Keverne in Cornwall) near Spring Grove (later to be
called Millthorpe), NSW. Thomas and Elizabeth had eleven
children (Elizabeth Mary, Millicent Ann, Thomasine Grace, Eliza
Jane, Thomas Henry, Samuel James, William John, Annie Ursula
, Christopher Francis, Emma
Isabella, and Bertha Lovda). Thomas is listed in Greville's
Post Office Directory
under Guyong where his occupation is
given as farmer.
Thomas died at 'Tremarne'
near Millthorpe, NSW on July 23, 1906. Elizabeth died
at Millthorpe on April 20, 1915, Both are buried in the
Methodist cemetery at Byng, NSW.