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Atkinson, Thomas Joseph (1869–1930)

The grim reaper, whose visits to our town and district have been so frequent during the last few months, has again called. Deep regret and wide-felt sympathy will be felt and expressed wherever cattlemen foregather, at the death of Mr. T. J. [Thomas Joseph] Atkinson of Gunnawarra. Although his health had been precarious for a long time, alternately causing hope and depression it was an accident that really caused his death—one of those risks which cattlemen take quite often in the course of their work. Mr. Atkinson was struck by a beast which necessitated an operation. This severe trial coming on top of a system weakened by long illness was too much. The late T. J. Atkinson was one of three brothers, all noted cattle and horse breeders. When he came to Gunnawarra twenty-six years ago he found it much as nature had left it. He leaves it probably one of the best in Queensland. Its up to date water schemes and handy subdivisions, involving monumental labour, were all the creation of T. J. Atkinson. Many a young man beginning life amongst stock has reason to thank T. J. Atkinson for whatever success he met with. He belonged to a type, though fast disappearing, who have left their mark indelibly stamped on one of Australia’s greatest industries. Mr. Atkinson was buried at Gunawarra in sight of the home and rich pastures he had practically carved out of the wilderness.

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Additional Resources

  • probate, Cairns Post (Qld), 9 June 1931, p 5

Citation details

'Atkinson, Thomas Joseph (1869–1930)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/atkinson-thomas-joseph-1517/text1523, accessed 12 December 2019.

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