THOMAS SULLIVAN – Was born 17th July,1837, in Flemingstown Dingle Co. Kerry. He died in 1924 in Tumut, NSW.
His parents being - Mr Cornelious Sullivan & Miss Ellen Sullivan, both were born in Ireland and died there.
The record show eight (8) passengers with the surname of Sullivan.
SULLIVAN, Patrick 30 and family Fitzjames 1858 2138, 2477
SULLIVAN, Mary 25 and family Fitzjames 1858 2138, 2477
SULLIVAN, Honora 10 travelling with SULLIVAN, P Fitzjames 1858 2138, 2477
SULLIVAN, Catherine infant and family Fitzjames 1858 2138, 2477 - Then in 1878 records show a Catherine SULLIVAN married a Mr James SEXTON in TUMUT, NSW - (Ref- NSW BDM 4934/1878).
SULLIVAN, Margaret aged 24 on board the Fitzjames 1858 Reels 2138, 2477 - In 1862 records also show a Margaret SULLIVAN marrying a Mr Elias ANDERSON in TUMUT, NSW - (Ref- NSW BDM 3076/1862). Unfortunately Margaret died in childbirth on 23/2/1866. - (Ref- Ruth Hawkins)
SULLIVAN, Thomas 19 (Brother) "Fitzjames" 1858 2138, 2477
SULLIVAN, Elizabeth 17 (Sister) Fitzjames 1858 2138, 2477
They were sponsered by their eldest sister Mary Sullivan who had arrived 8 years earlier on the Orphan ship “Thomas Arbuthnot” 3/2/1850. - (Ref- Ruth Reid).
THOMAS SULLIVAN - & his sister Margaret upon their arrival in Sydney got a lift with a bullock team to Coolac, settled for a while then walked all the way to Tumut where the first people they met with were “The Ryans”.
Records show that he apparently travelled straight to Tumut Plains, via Tumut.
Thomas tried his luck at the Kiadra Gold Diggings but did not stay long.
He first took up land at "Forest Camp," Tumut Plains and in 1861 purchased 40 acres from Mr W ILett (ILest) which formed his home and the nucleus of large productive holdings of later years, adding to it from time to time.
The next move was to purchase rich farming land on both sides of the Tumut River in the Blowering Valley. No doubt this would have been in the Robertson Land Act introduction period of time when the Blowering Valley was split up and the Station was to become much smaller. As it happened Thomas and his wife Ellen were to stay in the valley for about 70 years and became very prosperous and eventually after their deaths the family sold out in about 1930.
Greville 1872; TUMUT
O’SULLIVAN, Thomas - farmer - Blowring.
ILEST, William - overseer - East Blowring.
ANDERSON, Elias - carpenter - Tumut.
CHECKED BY RAIN. TUMUT. Wednesday. - Another bushfire broke out at Tumut Plains on Mr. A. Sturt's property. Forest Camp, and a fresh outbreak occurred at Grahamstown, near Adelong, on Mr. C. F. Hayes' property. Light showers of rain, however, considerably checked the spread, and cooled the atmosphere. - (Red- The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954)(about) Previous issue Thursday 11 February 1926). It is interseting to notice the property name "Forest Camp" mentioned in this fire notification. Maybe this is the property that Thomas first settled on when he arrived in the Tumut area?
1898 - YALLOWIN. - FROM OUR OWN COBBESPONDENT.) - Monday, October 3.
One of the most enjoyable dances that has ever taken place in this thriving little community of Blowering was the cricketers ball, that took place at the residence of Mr. Thomas Sullivan on Friday night last. I attended merely with the intention of furnishing your valuable journal with a report and as I am not a great dancer I expected but little enjoyment otherwise; but as night wore on I found that; I was in for a real night's enjoyment among the genial and convivial lads and lassies that Blowering can boast of.
The splendid gathering was also organised as an opportunity for the many friends of Mr George Lambert to wish him good-bye, who were rather surprised a short time back to learn that this must estimable young man who held the position of hon. secretary of the Blowering Cilcket Club for a number of years, was about to take his departure from our midst. Immediately upon receipt of this news the cricketers decided upon giving him a suitable Bend off in recognition of the valuable services he had rendered to their club. Upon Mr. Lambert learning that such a movement was ot foot he immediately declined to allow the movers to proceed wiih their Intention. So eventually it was decided to hold a cricketers' ball so that the numerous friends of this gentleman would have an opportunity of bidding him a hearty farewell, and I must congratulate the members of the above club for the pronounced success of their undertaking.
The holding capactity of Mr. Sullivan's large house was severely taxed especially in the first part of the night, when the attendance must have numbered fully 45 couples. The large front rooms were cleaned out, each room providing ample dancing accommodation for some 14 or 15 couples. Gilmore, Tumut and Tumut Plains, were also well represented, and quite a number from these places were of the fairer sex. The catering was under the supervision of Mrs. and Miss Sullivan, who are really adepts in this particular capacity. The tables were arranged in the spacious front verandah, which was enclosed with the cricketing matting, so and presented the appearance ot a banquet hall.
I must compliment Mrs. and Miss Sullivan for the admirable taste they displayed in arranging the fc impting viands, and the unparalleled attention that one and all received whilst seated are the long rows of tables. While the inner inao was being satisfied a chairman in Mr. J. Sallivau was found, who proposed the health of Mr. Geo. Lambert in very complimentary tftrmp, this being the toast of the evening. Mr. Lambert responded in a nicely worded speech, in which he thanked the chairman for the complimentary remarks passed by him, and said he must admit it was a very hard task to have to leave Blowering, whore he had spent the happiest days of his life, and the thoughts of his past life at Blowering would always be a bright spot in his memory. Numerous other toasts were proposed and responded to in suitable terms, after which dancing was continued until daylight, when our carnival friends returned to their respective homes, well aware that they had participated in one of the most successful aud enjoyable dances ever held on Blowering. - (Ref- Albury Banner and Wodonga Express (NSW : 1896 - 1939)(about) Previous issue Friday 14 October 1898).
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