GAUNT Thomas

Name Thomas GAUNT
Country Of Origin England
Born 1829
Died 1890
Birth/ Baptism Born approx. 1829, London, England
Parents Thomas and Elizabeth Diana Gaunt
Apprenticeship Approx. 1843: Possibly with George Orpwood, London watchmaker
Skills Clockmaker, Watchmaker, Jeweller, Goldsmith, Silversmith, Optician
Work Locations Hobart
Street Address
47 Elizabeth Street, Hobart
Marriage/Spouse 1853, Kensington, London, to Jane Mary Trowbridge
Arrival 1850s: Emigrated from England to Australia
Other Other skills: Scientific Instrument Maker.

1850s: Established business in Melbourne, Victoria.
1860s: 337-339 Bourke Street, Melbourne, Clock and Scientific Instrument Manufacturers.
1870s-1880s: 24 Bourke Street, East (corner of the Royal Arcade), Melbourne. Advertised as the only watch manufacturer in the Australian colonies.

Several Tasmanian clock and watchmakers were employees at T Gaunt & Co, Melbourne, including Powell Evans, Robert Atkinson Hambleton, Frank Marriott, Josiah Marriott, and Frederick Vaughan.

1892: Gaunt and Co was purchased by Mr F W Heath from the insolvent estate of the late Thomas Gaunt.

Approx. 1950: Branch established in Hobart at 47 Elizabeth Street.
February 1954: Proud’s, Australian jewellery establishment, purchased Gaunt’s Hobart.

Death 5 June 1890, at his residence, Coburg, Victoria
Web: The Worshipful Co. of Clockmakers, Clockmaker Masters & their Apprentices; Ancestry: 1851 England Census, England & Wales Civil Registration Marriage Index 1853; Museums Victoria Collections, Thomas Gaunt,
Portland Guardian 22 June 1880; Argus 6 June 1890, 29 November 1892; The Mercury (Hobart) 21 September 1950, 1 February 1954, 4 February 1954, 9 December 1954, 31 December 1953, 21 September 1950.