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Thomas Ohalam Smith

Thomas Ohalam Smith

Male 1888 - 1966  (78 years)

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  • Name Thomas Ohalam Smith 
    Nickname Tom 
    Born 30 Apr 1888  Gilgandra, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 2 Dec 1966  Little Bay, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Prince Henry Hospital (The Coast Hospital)
    Buried 5 Dec 1966  Botany, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Eastern Suburbs Memorial Park
      A5D - Anglican FM 5D - 87

      Tom's burial was delayed by a strike at the cemetery.
    Notes 
    • From Dan Byrnes:

      His mother died a few weeks after he was born at Gilgandra. He was given to a family named Johnsn/Johnston to be cared for. He saw his father only once, when he was about three years old. Thomas applied for his birth certificate in 1928, when he was 40. Or, Ohalam. He may be John Thomas O Smith? Larkin has notes from general records, births, of Smith, 1888, Thomas O. Smith, to John T. and Catherine of Coonamble, in 1885 a John Thomas S, to John and Hannah at Brisbane Waters. This Thomas is of Waverly in the Larkin tree. Late in his life, his lost parents were once identified but he never bothered to delve further into who were his siblings. Where is that info? Grandfather of compiler Daniel Thomas Byrnes. Cf., David Austin Larkin, Cornwall to Coogee: Taylor, Rooke and Windle Family Histories. Self-published, Burpengary Qld, 1989. ISBN 0 9592440 1 8.

    • From daughter Marge Kelly 26/1/2008:

      Tom's mother Catherine died when Tom was only 3 weeks old and Tom was raised on a farm by the Johnson family of Gilgandra. Tom's only memory of his father was when Tom was 3 years old his father came to visit him and gave him a bag of marbles, he watched his Dad ride away and never saw him again.

      Tom became friendly with the Hamilton family who owned a hotel in Dubbo, and accompanied some of the Hamilton boys to Sydney. This was a permanent move for Tom. The Hamiltons also had an electrical store in Sydney and Tom acquired appliances from them. He owned a radio at a time when they were not common and also a clock which he kept all his life and which stayed in the possession of Elizabeth after his death. Those that knew Tom and Elizabeth probably remember the clock sitting on the mantelpiece and the ritual winding of same. Tom always kept in touch with the Hamiltons, one of the Hamilton sisters attended Elizabeth's 90th birthday in Tamworth and commented at the time that Tom "was always a good boy". Tom always said he was the youngest of 7 siblings.

      Marge remembers Tom said that he slept his first night in Sydney on a Manly ferry (stowed away?)

      Tom's foster parents only gave him two years of primary education prior to putting him to work on their farm. After moving to Sydney, Tom realised the he needed further education and studied as a mature age student. He turned out to be a good mathmetician and Marge remembers evening visits by Vaucluse Council engineers to discuss with Tom how a road should be designed and to work out the curves etc.
    • From Debbie Musgrave:

      Grave details: Anglican 5D Row 7 Grave no. 87
    • From Debbie Musgrave:

      Tom's mother did NOT die shortly after he was born, this was just a story that Tom handed down to his family. His parents actually abandoned him. His mother died at Redfern 33 years later just a short distance from where her abandoned son Tom was living.
    Person ID I31  Kelly / Grayer
    Last Modified 19 Oct 2017 

    Father John Thomas Smith,   b. 1848, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother Catherine Elizabeth Donnelly,   b. 1 Oct 1848, Bathurst, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Aug 1919, Redfern, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years) 
    Married 09 Sep 1881  Gulgong, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • NSW BDM 4899/1881
    Notes 
    • Possible child Sarah Ellen Smith ---->
    Histories
    Catherine Donnelly possible children
    Catherine Donnelly possible children
    Family ID F34  Group Sheet

    Family Elizabeth Emily Windle,   b. 26 Nov 1893, Coogee Bay, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Apr 1985, The Entrance, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 91 years) 
    Married 12 Jul 1915  Waverley, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • From Marjorie Smith:

      After Tom and Elizabeth were married they lived with Elizabeth's mother Sarah at Bondi Junction (Mill Hill Road) for a period before moving to St, Leonards where Tom had secured employment as a labouror. When Tom secured employment with Vaucluse Council they moved to Vaucluse and lived a small house which was only half built and was called "The Rest". Around 1928 they moved to Watson's Bay where the children grew up and which was always a "special place" for them.

    • From Debbie Musgrave (marriage certificate):

      Tom and Elizabeth wre married on 12 Jul 1915 at St. Barnabus' church, Mill Hill, Waverly by Robert Lyle Houston, minister.
    Children 
     1. Phyllis Smith,   b. 22 Apr 1916, Waverley, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 07 Nov 2000  (Age 84 years)
     2. Sarah Smith,   b. 12 May 1917, Bondi Junction, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Jul 2000, Tamworth, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years)
     3. Lionel Keith Smith,   b. 09 Sep 1918, St. Leonards, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Dec 1980, Maroubra, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years)
    +4. Marjorie Smith,   b. 14 Feb 1921, Willoughby, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Jun 2014, Kirrawee, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 93 years)
    Photos
    Thomas Smith and Elizabeth Windle
    Thomas Smith and Elizabeth Windle
    Grandma and Grandpop at Lily Windle's wedding 1915
    Smith Children
    Smith Children
    Standing: Lionel, Sarah and Phyllis
    Seated: Marjorie
    Tom and Elizabeth Smith, Rowe St.  Bondi Junction. ca 1960
    Tom and Elizabeth Smith, Rowe St. Bondi Junction. ca 1960
    On the front porch. This terrace was one of the many demolished to make way for Bondi Junction Railway station. A tennis court now occupies the site. Photo by Les Musgrave.
    Documents
    Smith Windle Marriage Certificate
    Smith Windle Marriage Certificate
    Last Modified 8 Oct 2017 
    Family ID F14  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 30 Apr 1888 - Gilgandra, NSW, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 12 Jul 1915 - Waverley, NSW, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 5 Dec 1966 - Botany, NSW, Australia Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Thomas Smith
    Thomas Smith
    Thomas Smith on wedding day of Lily Ruby Windle
    Camp Cove and Watsons Bay
    Camp Cove and Watsons Bay
    The "Bogie Hole" can be seen at the far right in the rocks to the right of Camp Cove beach. Tom and Elizabeth bought up their family in a house in Victoria St. Camp Cove.
    Thomas and Elizabeth Smith and grandson Mike Kelly doing a photobomb.
    Unknown child on Elizabeth's lap, probably one of Tom's swimming students. Taken at Alf Vokler's Watsons Bay Baths some time in the 1950's (At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.)
    Jack and Marge's wedding reception, Marge and Jack are far right
    (At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.)

    Documents
    Birth certificate for Thomas Smith
    Birth certificate for Thomas Smith

    Headstones
    Tom Smith's grave
    Tom Smith's grave
    Not too long after he died