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Tuite, Thomas Bartholomew (1930–1953)

Thomas Tuite, c1952

Thomas Tuite, c1952

photo supplied by Michael Tuite

As briefly reported in Monday’s Times, news of the tragic death on Saturday, December 5, following an accident at Tolbar, of Mr. Thomas Bartholomew Tuite, at the early age of 23 years, was received with deep regret.

Deceased’s brother, James, of "Oakland", Neurea, was advised by phone of the tragic happening at about 7.30 pm and he left immediately for Sydney to be with his mother, Mrs. I. V. Tuite, who resides at Wentworthville.

Deceased, who was a single man, was born in Wellington. He began school at Baker’s Swamp, then attended the Wellington Convent School and finished his education at the De La Salle College, Cronulla.

His father, Mr. Leo Tuite, died suddenly in Sydney 12 months ago.

Deceased was a very popular young man and for the past few years had been working on Snowy River project.

He was at work driving a bulldozer when the accident occurred. A bank collapsed and the bulldozer toppled, killing him instantly.

In his work he gave promise of being most successful and an American Company wanted him to go to America to study a particular branch of his job and work with them in Australia or wherever the company accepted contracts.

He was often sent to Sydney on deputations.

In addition to his mother and the above-mentioned brother (James), deceased is survived by three other brothers — John, of New Guinea, who was holidaying with his mother at the time of the accident, Brian (Parkes) and Barney (South Australia). Both Brian and Barney immediately left for Sydney on receipt of the sad news.

Mrs. T. Sloane, of Swift Street, and Mrs. R. Meehan, of Warne Street, Wellington, are aunts of the deceased.

The remains were taken from Cooma to Sydney on Monday and burial took place on Tuesday at the Catholic Cemetery, Woronora, the funeral leaving from St. Colombus Church, Wentworthville, after prayers at 1.30 p.m.

Bro. Eugene, of the De La Salle College, Cronulla, who had taught the deceased, attended the funeral, and also amongst the mourners were friends working on the Snowy River project.

The last rights of the Church were administered by the Priest at Jindabyne.

Original publication

  • Wellington Times (NSW), 14 December 1953, p 3

Citation details

'Tuite, Thomas Bartholomew (1930–1953)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/tuite-thomas-bartholomew-1615/text1708, accessed 21 September 2020.

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