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Thomas Lucas (1828–1878)

Intelligence reached here this morning by telegraph that Mr Thomas Lucas, carrier, had been found dead on the road at or near Prospect Village late last night, and that an inquest would be held on the body at 1 o'clock to-morrow (Friday). Mr Lucas left Longford early in the morning with his team loaded for town, and was on his way home when the accident occurred. In the absence of further information, it is supposed that he was standing on the shafts of his wagon, and that he was overcome with sleep (consequent upon the late hours he has been obliged to keep of late) and that he fell off, the wheel passing over him and killing him on the spot. The deceased was quiet in his demeanor, civil and obliging in his occupation, and it is said of him that he would get up any hour of the night to do a good turn. He leaves a family of seven or eight, three of the number comparatively young children, in not over-affluent circumstances, now orphans–the mother having died about eighteen months ago. When Mr Lucas left home in the morning, he told his daughter he would not be home till late. They consequently remained up all night awaiting his return, and it was not till early this morning that their suspicions were aroused that some accident had befallen him. This is the second of the family that have met with the same fate, Mr George Lucas, brother of the deceased, having been killed on his way home from town under similar circumstances about twenty years ago.

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'Lucas, Thomas (1828–1878)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 22 May 2024.

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Life Summary [details]


20 March, 1828
Longford, Tasmania, Australia


29 August, 1878 (aged 50)
Longford, Tasmania, Australia

Cause of Death

horse-drawn vehicle accident

Religious Influence

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