Sunday, July 4, 2010

Death notice of Thomas TREVITHICK (1835 - 1913)

I've been looking into newspaper records for Thomas TREVITHICK of Hill End and have found a couple of articles referring to him (by searching for the many spelling variations of his surname). This is particularly interesting - note the spelling (based on pronunciation) with the 'hard' t.

The Sydney Morning Herald
Saturday 20 September 1913
The death has occurred at Hill End, of Thomas Trevetick, at the age of 79. Deceased crushed some of the richest stones in the seventies from the famous Hawkin's Hill claim, and turned out the largest cakes of gold sent from the field. The deceased leaves six daughters and one son, 47 grand- children, and 65 greatgrandchildren.

EDIT: In 'Hillendiania by Donald Friend (1978, Ure Smith, Sydney) it is stated that in 1872 'pride of place for richness of gold went to Paxton's when a two-ton crushing gave up 4150 ounces of gold'. The quartz from this mine was crushed at the Vickery Stamper Battery (, where we know Thomas Trevithick was working at the time (as stated in evidence in court:

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