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Thomas (Tom) Vicary (1844–1914)

On Wednesday, the 7th inst., there passed away, with tragic suddenness, at his late residence, Araluen, Chatswood, N.S.W., almost the last of the lost legion of pioneers who set out in the seventies of last century to make their fortunes, and incidentally a new province for New South Wales west of the Darling. This was the late Thomas Vicary, of Wanaring. He went to the Paroo probably with almost the first sheep taken out there, but after a few years of station life he opened a store at Wanaaring, which he carried on up to the present time.

Nothing could get a move on in the Wanaaring district, say, a hundred miles round, unless Messrs. Charles Hebden and Tom Vicary were at the head of it. Bench, race club, stock board, school board, &c., depended on them, and that for over thirty years.

Probably there is not a man who ever got west of Bourke but knew "old Tom Vicary," of Wanaaring, as he was mostly referred to in an appreciative way.

He leaves a widow and two young daughters to mourn the loss of a kind and loving husband and father.

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Somerset, England


7 January, 1914 (aged ~ 70)
Chatswood, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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