Thomas Eugene SNOW
- Born: 3 Apr 1855, Nelson, Nelson, New Zealand
- Marriage: Elizabeth EVANS on 1 Nov 1882 in Free C Of E Moore St, Fitzroy, Victoria, Australia 582
- Died: Jun 1950, Deewhy, New South Wales, Australia at age 95
- Buried: Mona Vale, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
The following information was provided by Yvonne Jenkins.
Witnesses at Thomas's wedding were W A Stephens, Henry Knell, Helen Martin, Jane Dowling Brides Residence Hotham, Victoria. Their wedding certificate records Elizabeth Evans mother as Caroline Evans nee Corklin.The officiating minister was Nathariel Kinsman. In 1894 Thomas Snow was running a tailors shop - Fergusons, Palmarston St. Westport. New Zealand.Thomas Snow was a Tailor, Elizabeth was a Tailoress Thomas and his brother William left New Zealand in the 1870's to train as high-class tailors in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. William returned to NZ to open a tailoring business in Nelson. Thomas remained in Victoria and married Elizabeth Evans, who had trained as a tailoress. They acquired a tailor's shop in Curphy St. Hotham or North Melbourne in a two storied house. It was there that three children were born,.James in 1884,Ellen in 1886, Herbert William in 1889 and Florence Christobel in 1899. When Thomas heard of the death of his brother, William, in 1892 he decided to return with his family to NZ and take over Snow's tailoring business in Nelson. When he finally got to NZ after six weeks wait for a ship to transport them,he found that another brother had taken over the business, so he decided to go to Westport where his sister Agnes lived and where there was an influx of gold-miners. However, Elizabeth did not like the rough climate in Westport and complained that the children were always sick, so persuaded Thomas to take them all back to Australia in about 1895. About this time the scenic attractions of the Blue Mountains were becoming widely known and visitors to Katoomba, NSW were increasing in such numbers that many accommodation houses began to make their appearance, Until 1890 Katoomba was a single street opposite the railway and it was here Thomas and Elizabeth started up a shop in the newly built Burlington Building mainly to cater for workers and their families who made their living from the mines at the foot of what is now the Scenic Railway but was then the high-powered hauling gear which brought coal up the steep grade from the valley floor. Kerosene shale was also mined in the Jamison Valley near the Ruined Castle. The tailoring business prospered as a result of the influx of miners and tourist to Katoomba and Thomas and Elizabeth moved from the house "Shaftsbury" and were able to build a new home two doors from Butti St(off Bathurst Road) and conduct their business in the front of the premises. The bricklaying of this building was done by their daughter Ellen's father-in-law Jack Davidson. On the 13th march 1899, the last child, Florence Christobel, was born to Tom and Lizzie, only to die in 1914. Elizabeth also died on 18th September 1914. By then James and Ellen were married and Herbert was on a selection at Rockley, NSW, so in about 1915 Thomas sold his business and went to live in Stanmore in Sydney with his wife's niece, Lil Hazelwood, who also had a tailoring business. When old age caught up with him he used to spend time with Herbert's family in Millthorpe, but mostly with the Davisons in Katoomba and when over 90, spent most of his time in a hostel for seniors in Dee Why, as he considered the climate was better for his arthritis. He died in June 1950 in Sydney and is buried at Manly. I remember him as a courtly gentleman,always neatly dressed with his beard well trimmed. He always sewed by hand, sitting cross-legged on a table and always wearing a waistcoat. He liked to talk in rhyme and the twinkle never left his eyes. He was most annoyed when wide-legged trousers became fashion and could not tolerate off-the-peg suits. He entertained us by doing th Maori Haka and whistling tunes on a gumleaf. His one failing, as his religious daughter thought, was buying a ticket in Tatts, Golden Casket or the lottery. He ended up in hospital once, after falling down the steps of the lottery office. He imparted the shocking news to his son, Herbert, but implored him not to tell Ellen. Of course it became our favourite story about "Granno". He remembered the razor gangs and "pushes" which abounded when he lived in Melbourne in the 1880's and having to carry a short iron bar to protect himself. To-day I can pick a NZ accent, but never with "Granno". He had a clipped British accent. My one regret is that I was not interested in family history while he was alive. He was born in 1855 and knew his grandmother,Mary Snow, one of the founders of Nelson, NZ in 1842 and his grandmother,Susannah Barden, who arrived in Wellington in 1840 and could have given me all the information about my ancestors in NZ and saved me the long, long search. This information has been obtained from Agnes Davidson, who died in 1994 and members of the NZ Genealogical Society, to whom very grateful thanks are given.
Noted events in his life were:
• Occupation: Tailor.
Thomas married Elizabeth EVANS, daughter of John EVANS and Caroline COGLAN, on 1 Nov 1882 in Free C Of E Moore St, Fitzroy, Victoria, Australia.582 (Elizabeth EVANS was born on 28 Mar 1856 in Jamberoo, New South Wales, Australia, died on 18 Sep 1914 in Katoomba, New South Wales, Australia and was buried on 19 Sep 1914 in Katoomba, New South Wales, Australia.)
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