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Thomas Armitage Salmon (1830–1915)

The death occurred on Saturday, at midnight, of Thomas Armitage Salmon in his 85th year. Deceased, who was a native of England, came to Australia with his parents some 83 years ago. He was educated in Sydney and on leaving school went with his father to the Macleay River, where Mr. Salmon, sen., engaged in the timber trade sawing cedar from the flat on which is now built the town of Central Kempsey. His father also opened the first hotel on the Macleay at East Kempsey. After working some time with his father, Mr. Salmon went on the land and, in those early days, experienced some exciting times in the struggles with the elements and the antagonism of the natives. After some forty years on the Macleay he migrated to the Richmond, where, he engaged in farming pursuits coming on from there to the Tweed about seven years ago. At eighty years of age, he was successful in a ballot for a selection in the Burringbar district, and such was his vigorous constitution that he took a strenuous part in clearing the scrub, and with the help of his sons, had the farm well improved within a few years. On quitting this property he—still going northward— invested his money in town property at Southport (Q.) Since leaving Burringbar he has not enjoyed good health, and only recently was an inmate of a Brisbane hospital. At the time of his death he was on a visit to his daughter, Mrs. Kiernan, Main street. Deceased was twice married, and leaves a wife, seven sons, and four daughters to mourn their loss. Mesdames Rudder, Woolgoola; Macbeath, Manly; and Leslie, Murwillumbah: and Messrs. Albert Salmon, Gympie, Frederick Salmon, Darling Downs, and Thomas Salmon, Murwillumbah, by the first marriage, and Mrs. Kiernan, Murwillumbah; and Messrs. William, Herbert, Jules and Henry Salmon, all of the Tweed, by the second marriage. The obsequies were in the hands of Mr. J. M. Holston, and the Church of England service at the graveside yesterday was conducted by the Rev. W. J. Owens.

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'Salmon, Thomas Armitage (1830–1915)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 20 May 2024.

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2 October, 1830
Leeds, Yorkshire, England


30 May, 1915 (aged 84)
Murwillumbah, New South Wales, Australia

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