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Thomas Kirkpatrick (1810 - 1895)

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Thomas Kirkpatrick
Born in Tynron, Dumfriesshire, Scotlandmap
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Husband of — married in Manchester, Lancashiremap
Descendants descendants
Died in Grenfell, NSW, Australiamap
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Categories: Grenfell, New South Wales | Formosa 1839 | Migrants from Scotland to Australia.


Thomas was born in 1810. He was born at Pingaree near Craigencorn. Thomas and Ellen Dunnage arrived in Australia with their son, John Dunnage Kirkpatrick aboard the Formosa on 28 May 1839. Thomas was listed as a machine driver and carpenter in the assisted passage register. He could read and write. His religion was Presbyterian. They lived at Wilberforce in NSW long enough to have a couple of children then moved onto Carcoar near Blaney, NSW.

"Mr Thomas Kirkpatrick, who had been identified with the Western district for over half a century, and was one of the oldest pioneers of the colony and the first discoverer of gold at Forbes, died here yesterday at the residence of his son-in-law, Mr Robert Hill, in his 80th year. The deceased was formerly a partner with the late James Twaddle (his brother in law) in Droubalgie Station, Forbes. He leaves a large family"

"Major John Bowler had been magistrate at Carcoar in the late thirties and early forties. In the middle 1850s his sons Ernest and Adolphus (Dop) squatted at the Enocks/Cumbidgewa run. Shortly after occupying Cumbidgewa the brothers in partnership with their brother in law John Bligh Suttor, squatted at the adjoining Walla Walla. Following the death of his wife Frances (Fanny) in 1866, Adolphus married eighteen year old Mary Kirkpatrick of Grenfell, daughter to Thomas Kirkpatrick who with James Twaddel sank the first payable deep sinking shaft on the Lachlan Diggings, at a spot that later became the head of the Victoria Lead. It had been Twaddell and Kirkpatrick who built the low level toll bridge at the southern end of Ferry Street. When Ernest Bowler's pise homestead at Cumbidgewa collapsed and washed away during a massive flood in 1870, he moved downstream nearer Forbes and built a new homestead on a sandhill known by locals as Wandary. The run name changed to Wandary. In 1872 Ernest married William Farrand's daughter Elizabeth. The couple later moved across to Boyd." [1]


  1. Bathurst Times December 2 1863 republished Sydney Morning Herald, December 5 1863 - person #12711480502 facts death #8612/1895

  • Scotland, Select Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950;
  • New South Wales, Australia, Assisted Immigrant Passenger Lists, 1828-1896;
  • Australia, Death Index, 1787-1985
  • The Sydney Morning Herald, 8 Aug 1895, pg. 5

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