TOZER John Pinson

Name John Pinson TOZER
Country Of Origin England
Born 1814
Died 1881
Birth/ Baptism Born approx. 1814
Bapt. 25 January 1814, Slapton, Devon, England
Parents Andrew and Jane Tozer
Apprenticeship unknown
Skills Clockmaker, Watchmaker, Chronometer Maker
Work Locations Launceston
Street Address
Elizabeth Street, Launceston
Corner Charles and Brisbane Streets, Launceston
Marriage/Spouse Elizabeth Lapthorne
Arrival 6 December 1837, South Australia on the Navarino.
Other Approx. 1838-1841: Worked in his trade in South Australia.

Approx. 1841: Moved from South Australia to Tasmania.
By 1843: Business, Elizabeth Street, Launceston.

October 1843: Applied to St John’s Church to wind and maintain the Town Clock. The churchwardens paid John, and he helped them set up a subscription system for donations for the clock’s upkeep.

The Examiner (Launceston) 13 March 1844:
‘Letter to the Editor – The Town Clock.
Sir, An article appeared in the columns of the Cornwall Chronicle of Saturday last, stating that the hands of the town clock were subject to frequent gyrations and that it is useless for persons to set their watches by it. Having the charge of the clock, I beg to contradict that statement and inform the public that the hands of the town clock have neither been turned backwards nor forwards since the 4th of November last. During that period, its greatest variation from mean time at the meridian of Launceston has not exceeded one minute and a half. I have kept a register of errors, as found by comparison with careful observations and timekeepers, almost every day since that time. I am prepared to prove to any scientific person that may wish to investigate the matter, the correctness of the above statement.
And further, the public may always depend on the time shown by the town clock, as above stated, while under my charge. I trust that after what I have now stated no person will put forth any statement of the alteration of the town clock unless prepared to prove it by observation or other undeniable evidence, as no notice whatever will be taken of it. –
I remain, sir, yours JOHN TOZER. Launceston, March 13.’

1850: Relocated business to the corner of Brisbane and Charles Streets. Advertised Repairs of clocks, watches, chronometers, and scientific and nautical instruments.

From approx. late 1854: Employee, clock and watchmaker, William Keys.

1857: Manufactured and installed the clock dial facing west to St John Street (Launceston Town Clock, St John’s Church).

March 1857: John was among the first at the location of gold discovery at the third basin in Launceston.  Fellow watchmakers Arthur O’Leary and Gustavus Boudry were also part of the group.

May 1858: Insolvent Court.

1860s: The Tozer’s moved to Victoria, where John worked in his trade in Williamstown, Sandridge and Emerald Hill.

March 1866: Insolvency – caused by family sickness, losses by fire, a decline in business, and pressure from creditors.
In the same month, John pawned a customer’s chronometer, which he said he would have been returned if his premises hadn’t burnt down. He was sentenced to six months in gaol.

1869: Summoned to Prahran Court in Melbourne for allegedly keeping a customer’s watch.

1872: Benalla, Victoria.

Death 1881, Deniliquin, New South Wales
Jenny Gill, The Town Clock or that of St John’s, 2017.
Web: Findmypast: Emigrants Seeking Free Passage to South Australia 1837; Ancestry: England Births & Christenings 1814, New South Wales Births Deaths Marriages 9007/1881.
South Australia Gazette & Colonial Register 20 January 1838, June 1841; The Examiner (Launceston) 28 December 1850, 14 March 1857, 15 May 1858, 18 May 1858, 1 March 1860; Cornwall Chronicle 5 June 1841, 3 January 1857, 7 March 1857, 28 March 1857, 15 May 1858; Williamstown Chronicle 7 January 1860; The Argus 5 August 1865, 8 August 1865, 12 August 1872; The Age 7 March 1866; The Herald 9 March 1866, 9 April 1866, 6 September 1869.