My Thomson Family
William Thomson birth date unknown. William died probably before 1841. This is suspected because of his absence from the 1841 census. However, Dean Thomson has suggested that perhaps he came with William to Australia, and may have been in Tasmania at the time.
William Thomson married Grace Cow in Peterhead, Aberdeen, Scotland on 7 December 1816. Grace Cow was born circa 1791, her parnets were William Cow and Elizabeth Mason. The census taken in 1841 shows Grace as the head of the household in Nether Kinmundy, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. Son Robert was shown as a farmer, and sons George, Allan and Alexander as ag labourers. Son William was missing from the census, but we know that he was in Australia at that time. No father is listed, and it is either that he was deceased or in Australia with William, as Robert's occupation of farmer (as compared to his brother's occupations of agricultural labourers) suggests that he was acting as head of the household.
William Thomson and Grace Cow had the following children:
- William Thomson was born in Peterhead in 1817. Possibly at Nether Kinmundy. William died from the results of an injury in Geelong, Victoria, Australia on March 2, 1852. William Thomson immigrated to Van Dieman's Land circa 1841. It is believed that he farmed there before moving across to Victoria.
From October 1841 until his death in 1852, William Thomson leased a pastoral run at Park Hill in the Wannon District, Victoria, Australia. William's land was near the route taken by Major Mitchell in his great expedition of 1836. Mitchell named the Wannon district and the Wannon River. The land consisted of 9680 acres and held 7000 sheep. It was located ten miles east of Merino.
William was the first settler on this land. Squatting had been legalised in 1836 and was the method in which a run could be selected. A squatter had to satisfy the Commissioners of Crown Land that he could use the run effectively (by the numbers of stock he could graze), if not, competitors were given the right to graze on part of the land. The annual licence fee for a run consisting of thousands of acres was only £10.
Properties in that era were not fenced, and sheep were grazed in mobs of several hundred (or thousand) under the care of a shepherd. Labour was scarce (the population of Victoria in 1840 was just over 10,000 people), and this is the likely reason that William's brothers, Alexander and Robert, and Alexander's wife Agnes came to Australia. The isolation and hardship that would have been the life of the family, was rewarded when Alexander's family received 7/8ths of the run upon William's death in 1852.
William made a will on February 26, 1852 in Geelong, Victoria, Australia. He knew that he was dying when the will was made out, and directed that the operations of Park Hill Station be carried on until after the wool clip of 1853 and then immediately sold. His estate was divided into eight equal shares. One each to his brothers Alexander and Robert, one to his sister-in-law Agnes (wife of Alexander) and the remaining five shares to each of Alexander's children.
An obituary for William Thomson appeared in the Portland Guardian on March 19, 1852.
OBITUARY. The name of the late William Thompson [sic] Esq., of the Wannon, is, we regret to say, in our obituary for the week. This gentleman, who was held in the highest estimation of his friends, through his amiable demeanour, fell a sacrifice to an injury which he received in proceeding from his station to Geelong. The danger to which he was thereby exposed, was not fully apprehended until too late to provide an efficient remedy. William had His will probated in June 1852 in Victoria, Australia. The executors of Williams estate were his two brothers Alexander and Robert Thomson, and friend Duncan McIntyre.
Robert evidently wasn't around at the time that the will was proved, and leave was reserved for Robert Thomson to come in and prove the will at a subsequent time.
Robert made an affidavit in November 1852 and the will was finally proved on November 30, 1852.
- Robert Thomson was born in 1818.
- George Thomson was born circa 1821. Occupation: agricultural labourer. (Twin of Allan)
- Allan Thomson was born circa 1821. Occupation: agricultural labourer. (Twin of George)
- Alexander Thomson was born circa 1821/1823.
- Mary Thomson was born circa 1833.
Robert Thomson was born in Peterhead, Aberdeenshire, Scotland circa 1819. But was probably born at Nether Kinmundy, a small village about five miles west of Peterhead. Alexander was definitely born there and the family was found there at the time of the 1841 census. Robert died circa 1867. Family legend says that Robert Thomson went missing when returning from Scotland to Australia after a profitable business deal. He either fell overboard or was robbed and thrown overboard.
Robert Thomson married Caroline Christina Sophia Dorothea Gerdtz at Lyne Station in Western District, Victoria, Australia on November 23, 1852. The service was performed by Cusack Russell, a travelling minister. Lyne station (pronounced "line") was the home of Sophia, and was located between Branxholme and Byaduk. Robert's place of residence was Park Hill.
Caroline Christina Sophia Dorothea Gerdtz was born in 1831 in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. Sophia was the daughter of Johann Joachim Christian Gerdtz and Friedericke Anne Marie Bruss. Sophia died at the residence of her son Robert in Pierrepoint, Hochkirch (Tarrington), Victoria, Australia on June 5, 1914. Sophia was buried on June 7, 1914 at the Old Hamilton Cemetery. Sophia immigrated on board the Sophie to Port Phillip arriving on August 23, 1850. An obituary for Sophia appeared in the Hamilton Spectator on Saturday June 6, 1914.
DEATH OF A DISTRICT PIONEER
A very old and respected resident of the Hamilton district in Mrs Sophia Neville, relict of the late C. Neville, passed away yesterday at the residence of her son, Mr Robert Thomson, of Pierrepoint. The deceased lady, who was 83 years of age, and who until a month ago had never known sickness, was a Miss Gerdtz, the daughter of one of the pioneers of the district. A native of Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, she arrived in Melbourne over 60 years ago, when there were but a few habitations in the capital, and when the family came to Hamilton there were only two houses where the town now stands. She and her first husband, Mr Robert Thomson, arrived under engagement to Captain Carr of Lyne station, and subsequently they were at Bochara and Park Hill, the last named property at one time being owned by Mr Thomson and his brothers. She was widowed about fifty years ago, and some time later she married Mr C. Neville, who also predeceased her many years ago. For the past nine years she has resided at Pierrepoint with her second son, and it was there that she ended a long life of usefulness. By her first marriage she leaves a daughter and three sons - Mrs Garton, of Woohlpooer; James, of Western Australia; Robert of Pierrepoint; and Alexander, of Woohlpooer. The only survivor of the second family is the Rev. C. Neville, Presbyterian minister, of North Fitzroy. Messrs. Fred Gerdtz, of Murtoa and John Gerdtz of Minyip, are brothers. The funeral will take place on Sunday, moving from Mr Thomson's residence, Pierrepoint, at 2.30 o'clock for the Hamilton cemetery.
At the time of the 1841 census, Robert was living with his mother and brothers at Nether Kinmundy. Robert's occupation was shown as farmer, whilst his brothers were agricultural labourers (Robert was the eldest son at home).
According to his wife's obituary (in 1914), Robert arrived in the Western District under engagement to Captain John Stanley Carr of Lyne Station. Captain Carr was born of Scottish parents and was an officer in the German princely army. He held land in Silesia. He retired to Ireland where he died in 1855. It is interesting that Robert, who was also born of Scottish parents, married Sophia, who came from Silesia, and they both worked for Captain Carr at Lyne Station.
Robert subsequently worked at Bochara Station before joining his brothers on Park Hill Station. Occupation: Farmer. Robert is known to have worked at Lyne, Bochara and Park Hill Stations, as well as Knebsworth Station, west of Macarthur.
From March 1852 until June 1858 Robert Thomson (as executor with his brother), leased the Park Hill pastoral run in the Wannon District, Victoria, Australia. The run had been held by his late brother William. Alexander and Robert then held the lease as executors until June 1858 when Alexander took over the run in his own name. In December 1863 the lease was transferred to Thomas Must. Park Hill was 9680 acres and held 7000 sheep. It was located on the Wannon River, ten miles east of Merino.
In the Victorian Assessment of Stock in 1857, Park Hill had seven horses, forty cattle and 8500 sheep.
Robert Thomson and Caroline Christina Sophia Dorothea Gerdtz had the following children:
- Friedericka Thomson was born in Victoria, Australia in 1851.
Friedericka Thomson married Augustus Thomas Grogan in Victoria, Australia in 1879. Augustus Thomas Grogan was born circa 1857 in London, England. Thomas was the son of Dennis Grogan. Thomas died in Melbourne East, Victoria, Australia in 1925.
Friedericka Thomson was admitted to the Yarra Bend Lunatic Asylum in Clifton Hill, Victoria, Australia on August 5, 1901 suffering from chronic insanity. She was admitted from the Austin Hospital and was completely bedridden. She was continually restless and threw her arms and legs about.
Friedericka died at the Yarra Bend Lunatic Asylum in Clifton Hill, Victoria, Australia on September 14, 1901 at 9 am. The official cause of death was disease of the brain, lungs and heart. Her mental condition whilst in the asylum remained unchanged. An inquest was held into the death of Friedericka Thomson at the Yarra Bend Lunatic Asylum on September 16, 1901. It is sad to note that a nurse at the asylum states that "she had no friends or relations".
- James Thomson was born in 1853. James Thomson resided in Western Australia in 1914.
After gold fossicking in the early 1870's, James Thomson, John Gerdtz and Friedrich Gerdtz (his uncles) all came to Murtoa and farmed alongside each other at Coromby until James left them due to debts. James followed many others to Western Australia - "land of promise". Victoria was in the grips of a deep depression and gold had been found in the West in situations where the single miner or a small party could easily get rich from near the surface, without heavy machinery. The influx of gold seekers also created a boost for other industries on the goldfields. Many who left for the west did not seek gold, but were businesses which did well from the business of the gold miners. Many merchants, carriers, photographers, market gardeners, cattlemen, journalists, printers, publicans, breweries, carpenters and engineers also followed westward. Many of those who went to the West started heading back to the East after 1905, when the economy started picking up.
However, James appears to have remained in Western Australia, although no other details of his life are known.
- Grace Thomson was born in Hamilton, Victoria, Australia in 1855. Grace died at the Hamilton Hospital on March 4, 1885. The following death notice appeared in the Hamilton Spectator newspaper on April 9, 1885:
THOMSON - Grace Thomson, a Primative Methodist aged 28, born in Hamilton, died in the Hamilton Hospital in March. Grace was buried on March 6, 1885 at the Old Hamilton Cemetery.
- Sophia Thomson was born in Hamilton, Victoria, Australia in 1860. Sophia Thomson married George Scott Garton at Christ Church in Hamilton, Victoria, Australia on January 1, 1880. The following marriage notice appeared in the Hamilton Spectator newspaper on 3rd January, 1880:
GARTON - THOMSON. On the 1st January, at Christ Church, by the Venerable Archdeacon Innes, George Scott, eldest-son of Mr. George Garton, Sen. of Kanawalla, to Sophia, youngest daughter of the late Mr. Robert Thomson. George Scott Garton was born in 1856 in Victoria, Australia. George was the son of George Garton and Louisa Bromfield. George and Sophia resided in Woohlpooer, near Cavendish, Victoria, Australia. George died in Merino, Victoria, Australia in 1931. Sophia died in Dunkeld, Victoria, Australia in 1946.
- Robert Thomson was born in Hamilton South, Victoria, Australia on May 28, 1862. Conflicting evidence suggests that Robert Thomson was born in Hamilton, Victoria, Australia on March 5, 1862. His birth certificate shows the date as May 28, but the members register at St Michael's Church, Tarrington has it as March 5. It is possible that his parents left the registration of his birth too late, and then gave a later date so as not to be penalised for late registration.
Robert Thomson married Louise Rosina Handreck in Hamilton, Victoria, Australia in 1886. Louise Rosina Handreck was born on April 24, 1860 in Hochkirch (Tarrington), Victoria, Australia. She was the daughter of Mathes Handreck and Anna Dahlitz. Louise was baptised at St. Michael's Lutheran Church in Hochkirch (Tarrington), Victoria, Australia on May 6, 1860. Louise died on December 15, 1943 and was buried on December 16, 1943 at the Lutheran Cemetery in South Hamilton, Victoria, Australia.
On November 26, 1903 Robert Thomson purchased lots 64, 65 and 66 in Pierrepoint, Hochkirch (Tarrington), Victoria, Australia. The land was a sub-division of the Pierrepoint Estate, previously owned by Alexander Thomson (unrelated), and consisted of 4195 acres of "first class agricultural, dairying and grazing land situated within a mile of the Hamilton Railway Station". The land purchased by Robert was situated on the south eastern corner of Mt Pierrepoint itself
The Hamilton Spectator reported on the sale on the following Saturday:
On Thursday afternoon at the Hamilton town hall Messrs. Robt. Stapylton Bree and Co. in conjunction with Messrs. Laidlaw and Fenton and Messrs. P. Learmonth and Co., offered to public competition the Pierrepoint estate, comprising 4195 acres, situated within a mile of the Hamilton railway station. The land was cut up into 69 blocks, ranging from 2 to 237 acres, suitable for persons of limited means as well as for the affluent, and the attendance at the sale proved that the plan was a successful one, the town hall being well-filled. As is natural from the close proximity of the land to Hamilton, most of the purchasers are residents of the town and neighbourhood. Mr. Bree wielded the hammer, and it is due to his expeditious and business like manner, which seemed to be appreciated by those present, that nearly the whole of the land offered was disposed of. Of the 4195 acres 3659 were sold realising £26,704 or an average of £7 6s per acre. The bidding was brisk; the first bid for the most lots was £5, which was quickly run up, the prices obtained ranging from £4 to £15 per acre. Robert bought a total of 217 acres paying between £5 and £6 2s 6d per acre.
In years to come, five of his six children who reached adulthood were to marry and live on neighbouring blocks of land on the Pierrepoint estate.
Robert Thomson resided in Woohlpooer, near Cavendish, Victoria, Australia in 1914. Robert Thomson sold His land (lots 65 and 66) in Pierrepoint, Hochkirch (Tarrington), Victoria, Australia to his son, Robert Alexander on September 16, 1916. Family stories also say that Robert Thomson bought 400 acres of the subdivided Knebsworth Station, near Macarthur. It was here that Robert Alexander Thomson is believed to have been born.
Robert died in Tarrington, Victoria, Australia on February 20, 1933. He was buried on February 21, 1933 at the Lutheran Cemetery in Hamilton South, Victoria, Australia.
- Alexander Thomson was born circa 1863. Alexander Thomson resided in Woohlpooer, near Cavendish, Victoria, Australia in 1914.
- William Thomson was born in 1865. William died after 1919. Occupation: Sheep Farmer. William Thomson resided in Hamilton, Victoria, Australia.
Alexander Thomson was born in Nether Kinmundy, Aberdeenshire, Scotland circa 1821/1823.
Alexander Thomson married Agnes Gregory in Longside, Aberdeenshire, Scotland on November 24, 1842. Agnes Gregory was born circa 1821 in Peterhead, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. Agnes died of pneumonia and heart disease at the Hamilton Hospital in Hamilton, Victoria, Australia on February 14, 1897.
Alexander Thomson and Agnes immigrated to Australia sometime before 1844. Their daughter Jane was born in Tasmania in 1844 and Grace was born at Park Hill Station, Wannon, Victoria in 1845.
Alexander operated the Fleece Inn in Green Hills, near the Grange, Victoria, Australia between September 1850 and September 1852. Green Hills was the earlier name for Condah. The inn was located in a prime position at the main junction of roads from Heywood, Portland and Port Fairy. It offered hospitality to travellers and their bullock teams and provided food and water for their animals.
A description of the hotel in 1855, three years after Alexander had completed his lease, described the site as containing a house (hotel) of fourteen rooms, valued at £2600; a storehouse, kitchen and stable with stalls. There was a kitchen garden on about half an acre under vegetables and fruit trees, and a well. A total valuation of £3000.
From March 1852 until June 1858 Alexander Thomson (as executor with his brother), leased the Park Hill pastoral run in the Wannon District, Victoria, Australia. The run had been held by his late brother William. Alexander and Robert then held the lease as executors until June 1858 when Alexander took over the run in his own name. In December 1863 the lease was transferred to Thomas Must. Park Hill was 9680 acres and held 7000 sheep. It was located on the Wannon River, ten miles east of Merino.
In the Victorian Assessment of Stock in 1857, Park Hill had seven horses, forty cattle and 8500 sheep.
From January 1858 until December 1863, Alexander Thomson leased a pastoral run at Bung Brungle, one mile north west of Bochara, Victoria, Australia. The land consisted of 7000 acres and could hold 5000 sheep.
From January 1858 until 1866, Alexander Thomson leased a pastoral run at Mepunga in the Wannon District, Victoria, Australia. Mepuna was 8000 acres and held 5000 sheep. It was located on the Wannon River, ten miles south east of Coleraine. The run was cancelled in 1866.
Until 1866 Alexander Thomson also leased a pastoral run at Murndal in the Wannon District, Victoria, Australia. The government then made the land available for selection, although Alexander was granted a pre-emptive section which was described by Samuel Winter in 1867 as 'a desirable purchase being so near the river' though 'mostly inferior land and worth only what sheep it will carry'.
It appears that Alexander remained at Murndal after the lease had finished, and may have been employed as a station hand.
Ian Thomson says that the story passed down through his family was that the family was tricked out of their land holdings.
Alexander Thomson was admitted to the Ararat Lunatic Asylum on November 5, 1875 suffering from chorea. When he was admitted to the Asylum, his occupation was listed as formerly sheep farmer. He had sold (or had cancelled) his sheep runs in 1866.
Alexander was admitted to the Asylum by the police. He had been suffering from chorea (Huntington's disease) at intervals for several years. Huntington's Disease is an inherited degenerative neuropsychiatric disorder which affects both body and mind. Symptoms most commonly begin between the ages of 35 and 50 and even now there is no cure.
Each child of an affected parent has a 50% chance of inheriting the disease. Symptoms include chorea (dance-like involuntary movements), clumsiness, slurred speech, depression, irritability and apathy. No one actually dies from Huntington's Disease, rather they die with the disease (more commonly, the body's resistance to disease is weakened through the exhausting chorea movements).
At the time of admittance, Alexander could hardly feed himself. A week later, medication was taking effect and his muscular jerkings were much less severe and he was able to feed himself. He was then transferred to F ward.
But poor Alexander. The Asylum ran out of the medication, as such large doses had been given to him. He became much worse and was sent back to the hospital. It was almost two weeks before supplies were replenished. By June he was becoming feeble, and in July his health was failing. He was suffering from bronchitis and his appetite was waning.
Alexander died from complications from chorea at the Ararat Lunatic Asylum on July 13, 1876 at 2 a.m. Alexander was buried on July 15, 1876 in Ararat, Victoria, Australia. A customary inquest was held into the death of Alexander Thomson on July 13, 1876. Inquests were always held as a matter of procedure when there was a death in an asylum. The cause of death was found to be exhaustion from disease of the liver and brain accelerated by an attack of bronchitis. John Fishbourne, the resident medical officer gave evidence to the inquest:
Admitted in a feeble and emancipated condition suffering from Chorea or St Vitus's Dance.
Improved considerably under treatment. Since the cold weather he has shown signs of failing rapidly. He suffered for the last few weeks from an attack of Bronchitis. There was always great difficulty in getting him to take nourishment, which was greatly increased by the contortions due to his disease. He was only confined to his bed for a few days, he sank rapidly. I saw him last alive on the night of the 12th July when I endeavoured to give him some nourishment and failed.
Alexander Thomson and Agnes Gregory had the following children:
- Jane Thomson was born in Van Dieman's Land in 1844. Jane died at Julia Street in Portland, Victoria, Australia on June 1, 1857 at 12 years of age. She was buried at the Old Portland Cemetery.
- Grace Thomson was born in the Wannon District, Victoria, Australia in 1845. Grace died before March 1898.
She married twice. Grace Thomson married George William Bell Hawkins in Victoria, Australia on August 7, 1866. George William Bell Hawkins was born circa 1839 in Scotland. He was the son of James Hawkins and Margaret Carruthers. George died after a fall from his horse in Coleraine, Victoria, Australia on November 25, 1866 and was buried on November 27, 1866 in the Hamilton Cemetery. Occupation: Manager - Brung Brungle Station. An inquest was held into George's death on November 26, 1866. George had been galloping in company with Thomas Hourigan when it appears that the strap on his saddle broke, and he fell from his horse along with the sadle and bridle. Thomas found him bleeding from his mouth and nose and summoned the local Doctor. He died shortly after he was moved to a nearby house. The inquest's verdict was that he came by his death from a fracture at the base of the skull, through falling from his horse.
Grace then married Suetonius Anderson in Victoria, Australia in 1872. Suetonius Anderson was born circa 1839 in Scotland. Suetonius was the son of Thomas Anderson and Janet Rive. Suetonius died in Heidelberg, Victoria, Australia in 1925. He was baptised in Victoria, Australia in 1849. In March 1898 Suetonius lived in Western Australia. Occupation: grazier.
- Alexander Thomson was born in 1847. Alexander died in Tahara, Victoria, Australia on December 31, 1897 and was buried on January 2, 1898 in the presbyterian section of the Cemetery in Coleraine, Victoria, Australia. Occupation: manager. Before his death in 1897 Alexander lived in Tahara, Victoria, Australia. Alexander had his will probated on April 7, 1898 in Victoria, Australia. Nineteen acres of land at Tahara was sold, also his wagon, cow and calf, horse, saddle and bridle. His estate totalled £455/13/10. Christina Thomson (wife of James) was paid £19/19/7 for housekeeping and nursing work and the balance of the estate was shared equally amongst Alexander's siblings.
- William Thomson was born in Portland, Victoria, Australia in 1849. Occupation: farmer in Tahara, Victoria, Australia. William was admitted to the Ararat Lunatic Asylum on September 8, 1884 suffering from mania. William died from gangrene of the lungs at the Lunatic Asylum in Ararat, Victoria, Australia on July 28, 1898 at 12.50 am and was buried on July 29, 1898 in Ararat, Victoria, Australia. A customary inquest was held into the death of William Thomson on July 28, 1898. From the Ararat Advertiser:
Magisterial Inquiry at Ararat Asylum for Insane. James Livingstone Thompson, a legally qualified medical practitioner told the inquest that there was nothing to note in William's history until January of 1898 when he was transferred to the infirmanry ward owing to the development of paralysis. This became more complicated with lung trouble. He became much worse on the evening of July 26, and was exceedingly weak the next day and died early the following morning.
A man named William Thompson [sic], 49 years of age death took place early yesterday.
Dr. Hayman made the post mortem examination and he attributed death to gangrene of the lungs following disease of the brain.
The finding recorded was in accord with this view.
The deceased who was an old steeplechase jockey was admitted to the Ararat Asylum on 8th September 1884.
- Thomas Thomson was born in Portland, Victoria, Australia in 1851. Thomas died twelve days after being burnt at Tahara in Hamilton, Victoria, Australia on March 14, 1889.
- Robert Thomson was born estimated 1852. Robert died estimated late 1852.
- Robert Thomson was born around May 1853. Robert died as the result of an accident at Park Hill Station on July 15, 1855 at 2 years of age and was buried at Park Hill Station in the Wannon District, Victoria, Australia. An inquest was held into the death of Robert Thomson on July 16, 1855. Alexander had taken four of his children out for a drive in a dog cart. About three miles from the house, Robert was thrown out of the cart when the wheel went into a rut. His elder brother Alexander told his father that he saw the wheel pass over Robert's head. Robert was found lying on his face and motionless. The Doctor was called from Hamilton (quite a distance, especially on horseback or by horse and cart in those days), and in the meantime, Robert was taken back to the house and placed in a tub of hot water, but his father then realised that he had died.
The inquest found that Robert died accidently from injuries caused by the passing of the dog cart wheel over his head.
- James Thomson was born in the Wannon District, Victoria, Australia in 1855. Occupation: labourer. James lived in Tahara, Victoria, Australia. He married Christina Elizabeth McPherson at Christ Church in Hamilton, Victoria, Australia on April 18, 1881. Christina Elizabeth McPherson was born in 1857. She was the daughter of Angus McPherson and Betsy Oliver. Christina died in Hamilton, Victoria, Australia on April 26, 1937. Christina resided in Branxholme, Victoria, Australia before her death in 1937.
James Thomson was admitted to the Lunatic Asylum in Ararat, Victoria, Australia on October 20, 1902 at 4.30 pm. The case notes upon admission note that James had suffered from "crynsemtal aipusing?" all his life, and that his brothers were affected similarly. He had become much worse in recent times.
In January the chorea form movements were not so violent, but very little change in his condition generally. By March he was going downhill and became thin and feeble.
James died from exhaustion at the Lunatic Asylum in Ararat, Victoria, Australia on April 19, 1903 at 8.55 pm and was buried on April 22, 1903 in Ararat, Victoria, Australia. A customary inquest was held into the death of James Thomson on April 20, 1903. John Thomas Rigg, attendant, gave evidence to the magisterial inquiry:
The deceased patient, James Thomson, came under my care on the 17th day of April 1903. He was very weak and nervous. He was put to bed. He gradually got weaker and weaker. He was given Brandy, Eggs, Sago and Milk. He died about 8.55 pm on the 19th day of April yesterday, in my presence. Walter Barker, the Medical Superintendent reported that James had been suffering from chorea, the result of spinal disease, and that his family history showed that a brother similarly affected died at the Asylum some years ago, and another brother with the same form of congenital disease was also in the Asylum.
- Agnes Thomson was born in the Wannon District, Victoria, Australia in 1858. She was baptised at Holy Trinity Church in Coleraine, Victoria, Australia on November 2, 1884. Agnes married William Jamieson at the Presbyterian Church in Ballarat, Victoria, Australia on January 13, 1887. William Jamieson was born circa 1858 in Stawell, Victoria, Australia. William died in Moree, New South Wales, Australia on November 21, 1901. In March 1898 Agnes lived in Moree, New South Wales, Australia. Agnes died in Moree, New South Wales, Australia on March 2, 1932.
- Allan Thomson was born in the Wannon District, Victoria, Australia on June 10, 1859. In March 1898 Allan lived in Tahara, Victoria, Australia.
Allan Thomson was admitted to the Lunatic Asylum in Ararat, Victoria, Australia on October 27, 1900 at 3.40 pm. The Asylum's case notes record that Allan had no occupation and that he had been suffering from dementia for about ten years. Upon admission is was "very dull and stupid looking, his expression being vacant". His bodily health was not good either and he was shaky on his legs, although Allan claimed that was only since he had influenza. He complained very much of the cold, and liked to get near the fire. He was difficult to converse with, although he answered rationally, but slowly.
Three months later, the case books report that his bodily health was improving, but no change in his mental state. After three and a half years in the Asylum, his health started to fail rapidly with constant tremors.
Allan died at the Lunatic Asylum in Ararat, Victoria, Australia on July 25, 1904 at 11.55 am and was buried on July 27, 1904 in Ararat, Victoria, Australia. A customary inquest was held into the death of Allan Thomson on July 26, 1904. The inquest found that he had died from brain disease and tuberculosis of the lungs. It noted that he had been transferred to the hospital the day before his death.
- Donald Thomson was born in Hamilton, Victoria, Australia in 1862. Donald died at Park Hill Station on the Wannon River on May 9, 1864 at 1 year of age.
- Andrew Bruce Thomson was born in the Wannon District, Victoria, Australia in 1865. Andrew died in 1876 at 11 years of age.
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