Thomas Denis O'Sullivan **
- Born: 6 Oct 1856, Goulburn, New South Wales, Australia
- Christened: 2 Nov 1856, St Peter's and Paul's Old Cathedral, Goulburn, New South Wales, Australia
- Marriage (1): Susannah Mary Sole ** on 17 Mar 1884 in St Augustine's Church, Waimate, New Zealand
- Died: 27 May 1945, Narrandera,,New South Wales,Australia at age 88
- Buried: 29 May 1945, Old R/C Section A, Narrandera Cemetery, Narrandera, , New South Wales, Australia
Cause of his death was Pulmonary Oedema/ Senile Myocarditis.
Other names for Thomas were Thomas Denis Sullivan and Thomas Dennis Sullivan.
Thomas was shearing in NZ where he met and married Susannah. They returned to Australia sometime after their marriage on 17 March 1884 and before November 1884 as Sarah Ellen was born in Corowa on the 27 November 1884. They were still living in Corowa, on River St, when Caroline was born in 1887.
Curiously Caroline's birth record lists "one boy living" as previous issue which was a mistake as it was one girl, Sarah Ellen.
It islikely they were living at the "Warri" property where his father died soon after. According to son Hubert's Obituary in 1934 he had come to Narrandera about 50 years earlier, which is consistent with the timing of his return to Australia from NZ. Susannah's brother had a daughter, Sarah Ellen Sole, who was born in 1891 at "Warri".
On the 1903 Electoral Roll he is recorded as a Labourer, address Narrandera. Susannah's address is recorded as Colinroobie and occupation Domestic Duties.
Prior to moving into Narrandera Thomas and Susannah lived at Lake Midgeon Station, about 30 kms North of Narrandera. Lake Midgeon was a property of some 110,000 acres and Thomas worked as a Rider, General Hand and Blade Shearer.
In his later years he was bent over (probably "Shearers Back") and walked with the aid of a walking stick. Apparently his brothers also suffered the same affliction. Thomas smoked a pipe and he cleaned out the bowl with one of the two thumbs he had on one hand, one of which had a long nail. He was known as "Tommy Two-Thumbs" !
Around 1928 Thomas & Susannah lived at 6 Victoria Avenue, Narrandera. The house occupied 6 blocks and was adjacent to the Saleyards and the site currently occupied by the Narrandera High School. In 1935 the Saleyards were moved out of town and the site became the Narrandera Sportsground.
In late 1935 Thomas' daughter Daisy, who had been living with him, moved to Wollongong. His son Robert and his wife Minnie and their family of 6 children moved into the house to care for Thomas until his death in 1945. Upon settlement of the estate in 1957 the house was purchased by Thomas' grandson Dudley. Dudley's father, Robert (Thomas' son) lived in the house until August 1960 when it burnt down.
The following is an extract from the Narrandera Argus dated Friday June 8th 1945:
" When the Kelly Gang visited Jerilderie
The passing of Mr.T.D.Sullivan of Victoria Avenue Narrandera last week at the age of 91 years removed one of the few remaining links with the Kelly Gang visit to Jerilderie on the 11th February 1879. The bushrangers came across from Victoria to Jerilderie and after rounding up the 400 inhabitants of the township, locked them up, and robbed the Bank of N.S.W. They obtained about 2,100 pounds in cash, sovereigns and notes, which they placed into a bag.
The gang then went to the hotel and Ned Kelly went back to the bank to burn the books, apparently the raid had been carefully planned because of the two police officers ( cons. Devine & Richards ), the bank manager & others were completely surprised & taken into custody by Ned and Dan Kelly, Steve Harts & Jo Byrne.
Mr Sullivan, his brother the late W. Sullivan of Narrandera & the late Mr Jack Hynes who afterwards resided at Gillenbah, were among those who were locked up by the bushrangers. When giving his reminisous of the historic & daring raid on Jerilderie, Mr Sullivan would recall how he was selected by Ned Kelly & told to light the fire in which the bank books were burnt. Ned Kelly afterwards gave him a handkerchief which he kept for many years & Mr Hynes a belt which was later identified as that worn by sergeant Kennedy who with Cons. Lonigan & Scanlon was shot at by the gang in the Wombat Ranges, Victoria.
Mr Sullivan recalled the scare he and his brother and Mr Hynes got in the bush the night following the Jerilderie raid, they left Jerilderie & were making towards Narrandera, but were afraid to light a fire that night in case they should be mistaken for the bushrangers & fired upon. During the night they heard what sounded like someone approaching them through the scrub & were scared stiff. Their relief can well be imagined when a big kangaroo hopped close by them.
His Father was a School Teacher at Goulburn.
It is also of interest to mention that Mr Sullivan's father, Mr Thomas Sullivan Sr, was a school teacher at Goulburn over 90 years ago & it was at that town that the late Mr Sullivan was born, his parents later moved to Tumbarumba where Mr Sullivan Sr was appointed in charge of the school, and later they conducted a hotel at Gunning.
They came to Narrandera over half a century ago and died here as also did another of their sons Mr William Sullivan.
Messrs Charlie and Frank Sullivan Narrandera Mrs H Joyce Sydney and Mrs J Wells Sydney are brothers and sisters of the late Mr T.D Sullivan."
From the Daily Advertiser (Wagga Wagga) 30 May 1945 (some of which was also published in the Riverine Grazier (Hay) 1 June 1945):
Mr Thomas Denis Sullivan
The death occurred at the Narrandera District Hospital on Sunday evening last of one of the oldest and best known residents of this and surrounding districts in the person of Mr. Thomas Denis Sullivan at the great age of 89 years.
Mr. Sullivan was a native of Goulburn and went to Corowa with his parents as a boy. About 60 years ago he came to Narrandera and has resided here ever since. He followed the occupation of a shearer and in the blade shearing days he was classed as a ringer. He shore at most of the sheds in this and neighbouring districts, as well as in more distant parts of this and other States. He was unassuming in demeanour and of a retiring disposition, but was well liked by all who knew him. He was one of the oldest members of the Narrandera branch of the I.O.O.F Lodge, joining the branch in 1900.
Deceased is survived by a family of three sons and five daughters. The sons are Edmund J. (Sydney), Armour (Wollongong), and Robert (Narrandera). The daughters are Caroline (Mrs A Savage, Wollongong), Eva (Mrs A Kipp, Wollongong), Daisy (Mrs J Wright, Wollongong), Rose (Mrs K.W. Walkerden, Sydney), and Mary (Mrs C. Graham, Haberfield).
He is also survived by two brothers and two sisters. The brothers are Messrs Charles and Frank Sullivan, Narrandera, while the sisters are Mrs H. Joyce (Sydney) and Mrs J. Wells (Sydney).
Mrs. Sullivan predeceased her husband some years ago.
The funeral will take place to-day leaving St Mel's Church at 3p.m. for the R.C. portion of the Narrandera Cemetery.
Messrs Watkins Bros have charge of the funeral arrangements."
Noted events in his life were:
Held Hostage by the Kelly gang: The Kelly Gang rounded up 400 inhabitants of Jerilderie, locked them up, and robbed the Bank of NSW. Thomas was directed by Ned Kelly to light the fire to burn the Bank's books., 11 Feb 1879, Jerilderie, New South Wales, Australia.
He worked as a labourer at the time of Sarah Ellen's birth on 27 Nov 1884 in Corowa, New South Wales, Australia.
Returned: to Australia after shearing in NZ, 1884.
He resided at the time of Caroline's birth in 1887 in River St,Corowa,New South Wales,Australia.
He worked as a Labourer at the time of Edmund John's birth on 27 Jan 1890.
He worked as a Farmer at the time of Susan's birth on 4 Oct 1891 in "Warri" nr, Ardlethan, New South Wales, Australia.
He worked as a labourer at the time of Hubert's birth on 1 May 1893.
He worked as a Labourer at the time of Robert's birth on 10 Jun 1895 in "Mountain View", Warri near, Ardlethan, , New South Wales, Australia.
He worked as a Labourer at the time of Daisy's birth on 29 Jan 1897 in Narrandera,,New South Wales,Australia.
He worked as a Farm Labourer at the time of daughter Eva's birth on 28 Dec 1898 in Narrandera,,New South Wales,Australia.
He worked as a Labourer at the time of Rose's birth on 28 Aug 1901 in Narrandera,,New South Wales,Australia.
He worked as a Labourer at the time of daughter Susan's marriage on 8 Apr 1912 in Mt Crystal nr, Landervale, , New South Wales, Australia.
He worked as a Labourer at the time of Caroline's marriage on 20 Jan 1913.
He worked as a Labourer at the time of son Hubert's death on 5 Jan 1934 in Narrandera,,New South Wales,Australia.
He worked as a Shearer at the time of his death on 27 May 1945.
He resided at the time of Susan's birth on 4 Oct 1891 in "Warri" nr, Ardlethan, New South Wales, Australia.
He resided at the time of Rose's birth on 28 Aug 1901 in "Square Nob", Colinroobie, New South Wales, Australia.
He resided at the time of Charles' birth on 4 Mar 1903 in "Square Nob", Colinroobie, New South Wales, Australia.
He resided at the time of his death on 27 May 1945 in Victoria St, Narrandera, , New South Wales, Australia.
Thomas married Susannah Mary Sole **, daughter of Edward Sole ** and Sarah Bason, on 17 Mar 1884 in St Augustine's Church, Waimate, New Zealand. (Susannah Mary Sole ** was born on 5 Dec 1864 in New Plymouth, Taranaki, New Zealand, christened on 11 Jan 1865 in New Plymouth, Taranaki, New Zealand, died on 21 Oct 1927 in Public Hospital, Narrandera, New South Wales, Australia and was buried on 22 Oct 1927 in Narrandera Cemetery, Old R/C Section A, Narrandera, New South Wales, Australia.). The cause of her death was Myocarditis & Chronic Nephritis/ Failure of Compensation.