NameThomas HARBOTTLE , 2736
Birthabt 1804, Newcastle upon Tyne, NBL
Death21 Dec 1856, Hobart, TAS, Australia
Burial27 Dec 1856, Hobart, TAS, Australia
Burial MemoSt David’s Park
OccupationPlumber, painter, glazier
See notes on Thomas' wife Mary, and also on his son Thomas.
1831: Jedburgh, Northumberland (son Charles’ baptismal record)
Thomas Harbottle was born in Cumberland, England in 1804 and migrated to Van Dieman’s Land on 9th February 1832 with his wife Mary, née Laidman (born 1807), and infant son Charles. The Port Officer’s Report of the arrival at the Port of Hobart Town of the Ship Medway, 31 May 1832 shows Mrs Harbottle and child as cabin passengers and Mr Harbottle in steerage. The Medway, registered in London, 450 tons, carried four guns and a crew of 26. Distinguished fellow-passengers included Lord Talbot de Malahide from Ireland and Sir Alfred Stephen, chief justice of New South Wales. Thomas Harbottle’s trade was painting, decorating and signwriting and about 1832 he established a succession of shops in Elizabeth Street, Hobart, initially near the post office.
Thomas and Mary produced seven children... Fourth son Joseph entered the family business, as later did Charles, on his father’s death.
In July 1854 the front page of the Tasmanian Colonist reported the case of Thomas Harbottle v. Alderman Worley, in which Worley was sued for work done on his house at Holbrook Place, for £21. Thomas won.
DEATH At his residence, Elizabeth Street, on Monday 22nd instant Mr. Thomas Harbottle, aged 52 years. Friends are respectfully informed that the funeral will take place on Saturday at 3 pm. (Hobart Town Courier 23.12.1856)
Mr Harbottle – We are painfully reminded of the approach of that period when “old things shall pass away, and all things become new” when we hear of the demise of such old and respected colonists as Mr. Thomas Harbottle, of Elizabeth Street, in this city, whose death has plunged a wife and large family into grief and bereavement. Mr. Harbottle was a native of Cumberland, in the “old country”, and has been a resident of Tasmania for upwards of a quarter of a century. As a tradesman, he was highly esteemed for his probity, as a friend, he was distinguished by the most invariable sincerity; he was a kind and affectionate husband and father, and was deservedly respected throughout this community." (Hobart Town Courier 24.12.1856 p.3 col. 2)
The Brethren of Lodge 781 Grand England, wishing to pay the last tribute of respect to the memory of Mr. Thomas Harbottle are requested to assemble at Basstian’s Hotel, Argyle Street on Saturday, the 27th instant, at half past 2 o’clock for the purpose of following his remains to the place of interment.
By order of the W.M.
M. Kennett, Secretary 781.
Thomas Harbottle’s will reads :
This is the Last Will and Testament of me Thomas Harbottle of Hobart Town in Tasmania Painter and Glazier. I appoint my wife Mary Harbottle and my son Charles Harbottle Executors of this my Will. I give and bequeath to my said son Charles Harbottle One third part of all the stock in trade and articles belonging to me at the time of my decease and as far as can be ascertained at the time he entered into partnership with me and appertaining to my business of a Plumber Painter and Glazier for his own absolute use. And I also give and bequeath to him one third part of the amount of the amount of all debts ^accrued since the partnership^. And as to all the rest residue and remainder of my personal estate whatsoever and including money and debts due to me I give and bequeath the same to my said Wife her executors and administrators for her and their own absolute use and benefit. I give and devise to my said Wife Mary Harbottle and her heirs All the messuages lands tenements and real estates which I may die seized possessed of or entitled to or over which I may have any disposing power To hold the same unto and to the use of my said Wife her heirs and assigns for ever Subject nevertheless to the payment of any mortgages or other Incumbrances to which the said Messuages and real estate or any part thereof may be liable. I revoke all former Wills by me at any time heretofore made and declare this to be my last Will. In witness whereof I the said Thomas Harbottle have to this my last Will and Testament set my hand this Ninth day of December in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty six.
Signed published and declared by the above named Thomas Harbottle as and for his last Will and Testament in the presence of us present at the same time, who in his presence at his request and in the presence of each other have hereunto subsribed our names as witnesses. The words "then due to me" on the eleventh line having been first struck out and the words "accrued since the partnership" written above the same --
Witnesses: two solicitors of Hobart Town, names illegible
Sharon Hoyer, my Australian researcher, visited Hobart in 1999. She reported that Elizabeth Street is now a mall with many new shops: Thomas Harbottle’s shop has long disappeared, but Elizabeth Street housed all the businesses in the early days.
Birth5 Mar 1807, Morpeth, NBL
Baptism15 Oct 1809, Morpeth, NBL Age: 2
Bapt MemoSt Mary the Virgin: ‘1st daughter of Charles Laidman, sadler, native of Morpeth by his wife Jane Bower, not of Mitford. Born 5 Mar 1807’
Death8 Aug 1857, Hobart, TAS, Australia Age: 50
Death MemoElizabeth Street. Death certificate no. 363, cause of death: Cancer
Burial11 Aug 1857, Hobart, TAS, Australia
Burial MemoSt David’s Park
Mary and Thomas Harbottle, both from Morpeth, arrived in Tasmania (known until 1856 as "Van Diemen's Land") aboard "Medway" in May 1832 from London (unassisted passage, i.e: paid by their own means, Mary as a cabin passenger, Thomas in steerage). Mary’s brother Francis Laidman also arrived in Tasmania from Liverpool in 1834 aboard "Medina" (unassisted passage).
One of the witnesses to Mary’s marriage to Thomas Harbottle was John Fo(r)ster Laidman. This is doubtless Mary’s brother, whose parents are irrefutably Charles Laidman and Jane Bower. This proves Mary Laidman’s parentage closely enough.
Marriage17 Mar 1827, Newcastle upon Tyne, NBL
Marr MemoSt John. By licence, no. 1412
MARRIAGES solemnized in the Parish of St. John [illegible] in the County of Newcastle upon Tyne in the Year 1827
Thomas Harbottle of this Parish Bachelor and Mary Laidman of this Parish Spinster were married in this church by Licence with consent of ______this seventeenth Day of March in the Year One thousand eight hundred and twenty seven By me HA Dodd Curate. This Marriage was solemnized between us Thomas Harbottle / Mary Laidman In the Presence of Joseph Harbottle, John Foster Laidman, Margaret ---?, Elizabeth Harbottle. No. 1412
Thomas (Died as Child), 2756 (1838-1844)