In recent collaboration [October 2015] with Annie & husband John’s great-granddaughter Margaret T, we have obtained more clues on the development of this family. Margaret advised that John's death was the result of being run-over by a train at Spotswood [here in Melbourne] in August 1894.
A tragic life for this family continued with Annie’s death in November 1897, just three years after that of husband John [she just 40], Annie was buried at St Kilda Cemetery in the same grave as her nephew William Homes Machin [b1892-d1892]. ... Her mother Annie [#1] was to also join them, in the same plot, after her demise in May 1918.
A couple of articles in a local newspaper "the Williamstown-Chronicle" paint a grim picture of how Annie and her remaining young family are to fare, after John's demise:
On, September 8th 1894: The Chronicle reads:
We have been requested to receive and acknowledge subscriptions in aid of the widow and six children of the late John Thompson, of Spotswood, who was killed by being run over by a train on 25th August. The family are in abject poverty, and the fund raised will be administered by a committee. We trust there will be a liberal response, as the appeal is most urgent.
On, October 20th : The Chronicle reads:
The result of an appeal initiated by Senior constable Delap for the assistance of Mrs Thompson, whose husband was killed by the train at Spotswood, totalled £513s 3d. The committee decided that out of the money a mangle should be purchased, and the balance placed in the Savings Bank. The sum of £2 per month will .be paid over to the widow and family monthly, while the fund, lasts.””” [Annie was listed as a laundress on her death certificate, hence the purchase of a mangle]
Obviously there is even harder times ahead for Annie & John’s six children, the eldest -- Annie [#3] is just 14, Margaret 13, William 11, George 9, Amelia Jane 5 and John 4, what happened to them over the next few years is still unclear, obviously there is foster care and or orphanages involved?
There are records that show some of the children do re-emerge and go on to other-lives, marry and raise families of their own:
We already had data on:
Annie [#3] as she is to marry a James Dexter who we now know was the uncle of our so-called Uncle Lyall. Annie & James are to have three boys of their own: Leonard James [b1908-d?], Arthur William [b1909-d1964] & Gordon Henry [b1912-d2004],
Margaret is to live 79 years as we do have her as passing away in Nunawading in 1974,
William lives until 51 passing away in Prahran in 1937,
George lives until 78 passing away 1996, leaving a family of nine children in two of three marriages,
Amelia Jane lives until 77 dying in Kew 1968…
We have it that John and Annie also had a third son:
John, born 1892 and who died in 1893,
but also a record exists for another John being born in 1893 with no following history…
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Date: September 1857
Date: May 1882: [Per the Timaru Herald];
THOMSON - MACHIN. On the 15th May, at the house of the bride's father, by the Rev. T. B. Hallowes, John Thomson, third son of William Thomson, of Elgin, Scotland, to Annie,  eldest daughter of Thomas Machin, architect, Timaru.
Australian Government. Statist #: 13703/1897
Date: 26 Nov 1897
At: St Kilda General Cemetery
Note: BAPTIST, MONUMENTAL, COMPARTMENT A GRAVE 116