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 Fitzjames
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
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 Hornet
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
. 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
Francis, Emma Isabella, and Bertha Lovda). Thomas
is listed in Greville's
1872 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.