SWAN Thomas

Name Thomas SWAN
Country Of Origin Ireland
Born 1828
Died unknown
Birth/ Baptism Born approx. 1828, possibly Ireland
Parents unknown
Apprenticeship unknown
Skills Clockmaker, Watchmaker
Work Locations Launceston
Street Address
Wellington Street, Launceston
Elizabeth Street, Launceston
Marriage/Spouse 31 October 1851, Dunean Church, County Antrim, Northern Ireland, to Hester McManus.
Arrival By 1855, emigrated to Tasmania.
Other 1855 and 1857: Two daughters were born in Launceston.
November 1856: Advised customers to collect repairs because he was departing Launceston.

December 1856: An unreserved sale was advertised to sell shop fittings, business stock, household furniture, and other effects at the Wellington Street premises.
Approx. 1859: Back in Launceston, Wellington Street.

September 1862: Watchmaker Joseph Cockroft of Charles Street sold his stock to Mr Swan of Wellington Street before leaving for New Zealand.

November 1863: Mr Swan of Elizabeth Street advertised he would be leaving the colony and held an auction to sell stock, including an English regulator, English 8-day rosewood and mahogany timepieces, French and American timepieces, gold and silver watches, jewellery, watch parts and shop fittings. Customers were advised that all repairs not paid for would be left with Mr Abbott of Brisbane Street.

The Swan’s moved to Melbourne, Victoria, where Thomas worked as a watchmaker in St Kilda.

Death unknown
Brian Loomes, Watchmakers & Clockmakers of the World, Complete 21st Century Edition, 2006, p752 [Thomas Swan/Swann].
TAHO: RGD33/1/33 no607 Birth 1855 [Anna Bella Swan], RGD33/1/35 no1192 Birth 1857 [female birth].
Web: Ancestry: Belfast, Northern Ireland, The Belfast Newsletter 1851 (Births Deaths Marriages).
Cornwall Chronicle 12 November 1856, 29 November 1856, 9 April 1859, 20 September 1862, 11 November 1863; The Examiner (Launceston) 26 February 1861, 7 & 10 June 1862; Argus 1 February 1869; Age 3 March 1881; Leader 6 December 1879.