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Thomas Robert Heath (1823 - 1906)

Thomas Robert Heath
Born in Stoke Newington, London, Englandmap
Son of and [mother unknown]
Husband of — married 3 Apr 1845 in Islington, London, Englandmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Wallaroo, South Australia, Australiamap
Profile last modified | Created 9 Jan 2017
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Thomas Heath was born in England.


Thomas Robert Heath was born on June 14, 1823, at Stoke Newington, England, the son of John and Hannah Heath.

He was baptised on July 13 1823 at St Mary, Stoke Newington [1]

In the 1841 census, [2] he is listed with mother Hannah, older siblings John, Jemima, Henry, William, and younger siblings George, Anne and Mary Ann.

He married his wife Sarah Ann Bruce on April 3, 1845, at St Mary's Church in Islington, England. [3]

Thomas and Sarah left England for South Australia, aboard the barque Ascendant, arriving at Port Adelaide on November 21, 1849. Thomas is listed on the ship's manifest as a stonemason.

However, upon settling in Adelaide he expanded his skills to architect, builder as well as stonemasonry. Thomas was involved in the building of St Bartholomew's Church (Norwood), Wallaroo School, Wallaroo Courthouse, Wallaroo Post Office, Wallaroo Fuse Factory and Wallaroo Foundry.

In 1869, T. R. Heath purchased the Horwood & Son foundry in Wallaroo, and retained Mr Horwood to manage it.[4] He and his son George were injured by a spill of molten metal at the foundry in 1872.[5]

Thomas Robert Heath was the first director of the Yorke Peninsula Building Society and held the position for 40 years. He was also involved in the Wallaroo town council, serving as a councillor. [6]

Thomas died on February 24, 1906, and is buried at Wallaroo Cemetery. [7]


  1. London, England, Church of England Births and Baptisms, 1813-1906 for Thomas Robert Heath Hackney St Mary, Stoke Newington 1823
  2. England and Wales Census, 1841
  3. England and Wales Marriage Registration Index, 1837-2005," ( : 13 December 2014), Thomas Robert Heath, 1845
  4. TOPICS OF THE DAY. (1869, May 20). The South Australian Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1858 - 1889), p. 2. Retrieved February 18, 2019, from
  5. THE WEEK'S NEWS. (1872, December 7). Adelaide Observer (SA : 1843 - 1904), p. 7. Retrieved February 18, 2019, from
  6. The Express and Telegraph (Adelaide, SA : 1867 - 1922) Tue 25 Nov 1890
  7. Thomas Heath burial record
    HEATH, Thomas Robert
    Surname HEATH
    Given Names Thomas Robert
    Cemetery Wallaroo Cemetery
    Section Section A
    Plot/Grave/Niche 17
    Last Residence Wallaroo
    Age at Death 83 yrs
    Date of Interment 26/02/1906
  • Australia, Death Index, 1787-1985 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2010. Original data: Compiled from publicly available sources.
  • "Local and General" Yorke's Peninsula Advertiser (SA : 1878 - 1922) 2 March 1906: 2. Web. 10 Jan 2017.
  • London Metropolitan Archives, Stoke Newington St Mary, Register of Baptism, p94/mry, Item 003
  • London Metropolitan Archives, Saint Mary, Islington, Register of marriages, P83/MRY1, Item 1212
  • Passenger list for the barque Ascendant, left London 10th August & Plymouth 18th August 1849, arrived at Port Adelaide, South Australia 21st November 1849.
  • "St. Bartholomew's, Norwood." The Mail (Adelaide, SA : 1912 - 1954) 30 June 1917: 13. Web. 10 Jan 2017
  • Wiltshire, Rex, and Wallaroo (S.A.). Corporation. Copper to Gold: A History of Wallaroo, South Australia, 1860-1923. Wallaroo, South Australia: Corporation of the Town of Wallaroo, 1983. p28

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