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PHILLIPS William Thomas

Male 1813 - 1864  (50 years)


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  • Name PHILLIPS William Thomas 
    Born 6 Dec 1813  Almeida, Portugal Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Christened 19 Jul 1814  Porto, Portugal Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • The baptism entry in the register states that James Phillips is attached to the British Commissariat.
    Gender Male 
    Died 19 Oct 1864  Mudgee, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I198  Wood/O'Neill
    Last Modified 23 Feb 2014 

    Father PHILLIPS James,   b. Abt 1777, Great Britain Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Mar 1851, Paterson, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 74 years) 
    Mother BALLARD Lydia,   b. Abt 1790,   d. 24 Nov 1864, Paterson, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 74 years) 
    Married Abt 1808 
    Family ID F147  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family LYONS Mary Anne (Marian),   b. Abt 1824, Dublin, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Sep 1876, Bona Vista Cottage, Brisbane, QLD Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 52 years) 
    Married 17 Oct 1843  St Joseph's Church, East Maitland, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • The birth dates for the children are not reliable as they often were not recorded or are estimated from baptismal records, with the baptisms likely to have occurred well after the birth.
    Children 
     1. PHILLIPS Mabel Wilhelmina,   b. 1844, Paterson, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Aug 1917, Dunedin, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years)  [Birth]
     2. PHILLIPS James William,   b. 5 May 1846, Paterson, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Oct 1920, Bundaberg, QLD, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years)  [Birth]
     3. PHILLIPS Catherine (Kate) Isobel,   b. Abt May 1848, Bona Vista, Paterson, NSW Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Jul 1894, 3 Campbell St, St Leonards, NSW Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 46 years)  [Birth]
     4. PHILLIPS Francis Alfred,   b. Abt 1849, Paterson, New South Wales Find all individuals with events at this location  [Birth]
     5. PHILLIPS Lydia Frances Helen,   b. 8 Jan 1853, Paterson, New South Wales Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Jul 1925, Kedron Street, Wooloowin, Brisbane Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years)  [Birth]
     6. PHILLIPS Mary,   b. 1853, Sydney, NSW Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1854  (Age 1 years)  [Birth]
     7. PHILLIPS Mary Anne,   b. 11 May 1854, Raymond Terrace, NSW Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 20 Oct 2013 
    Family ID F146  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • William Thomas Phillips was the second son of James and Lydia Phillips and their third child. He was born in Portugal as his father was in the Commissariat with the British Army at the time.

      Henry, Jane, William, Francis, Isabella, Alfred, Samuel and Charles were recorded as the children of James Phillips in the census of 15 November 1828 at 'Bona Vista', Paterson, New South Wales.

      William became Postmaster in Paterson in October 1835 according to the newspapers and was also listed in the 1836 Blue Books - Phillips, William Thomas, Deputy Postmaster. In 1851 he is listed as a spirit merchant and brewer in Paterson. In 1839, William is listed as the Postmaster at Paterson.

      18 Jan 1845 The Maitland Mercury & Hunter River General Advertiser

      Serving on a Jury.-In the court of Quarter Sessions, on Monday last, on the retirement of the first jury to consider a case, a second jury was impanuelled, and some delay occurring from there not being a sufficient number of jurymen in attendance, the Chairman stated that two affidavits of inability to serve had been sent him : one was on the part of Mr. William Nicholson, on the ground of his being a government contractor, and not having any person to whom he could entrust the seeing to the contract, he therefore prayed to be excused from serving on the jury; and the second was from Mr. Phillips, of Paterson, who stated that he was a postmaster, and had no one to supply his place while absent, and he therefore prayed to be excused. The Chairman decided that he could not allow Mr. Nicholson's excuse to be sufficient, but he thought Mr. Phillips's excuse was good, as the public would suffer loss if the post office were closed. Both gentlemen being present were, however, called on to serve on that day, Mr. Phillips being informed that he need not attend during the remainder of the sessions.

      William Thomas (William T) was appointed as a collector of Quit Rents for the Police District of Paterson according to the Government Gazette notices for Friday, December 1,1848 and published on the 6 December in the The Maitland Mercury & Hunter River General Advertiser.

      He was also registered as a spirit merchant for Paterson (with 2 others for the town) in The Maitland Mercury & Hunter River General Advertiser for 2 January 1850. WT was registered again on the 12 Feb 1851.

      In The Maitland Mercury & Hunter River General Advertiser for the 18 Feb 1852, there is an unclaimed letter addressed to W Phillips at Mudgee.

      The Maitland Mercury & Hunter River General Advertiser 5 June 1852
      SALES BY AUCTION
      Mr. Jeremiah Ledsam, at Mr. W. T. Phillips's store, Paterson, at twelve, grocery, ironmongery, and other stock-in-trade, household furniture, horses, side saddle, &c.

      The Maitland Mercury & Hunter River General Advertiser 27 Oct 1852 lists the following sale by auction:
      Mr. Jeremiah Ledsam, at Mrs. Phillips's, Post-office, Paterson, at eleven, stock-in-trade of drapery, groceries, &c.; also, household furniture, kitchen utensils, &c.

      In 1854 on the baptism record for Mary Ann, he is recorded as a storekeeper in Raymond Terrace, near Newcastle. However on the 11 Nov 1854 and again on 21 March 1855, The Maitland Mercury & Hunter River General Advertiser lists only Mary Ann Phillips as holding the spirit licence.

      The Sydney Morning Herald of 27 Feb 1856 lists a William Phillips of Mudgee as holding an auctioneer's licence. However,this may not be 'our' William as a William Phillips is listed in 1858 at Windsor.

      He and Francis Henry Fortunatus Phillips witnessed David Sloan and Isabella Lydia Augusta Phillips's wedding on 15 September 1840 at 'Bona Vista', Paterson, New South Wales, Australia.

      On June 11 1851 the Maitland Mercury reported: W T Phillips - accounts due to be settled, etc. In October of 1852, the Maitland Mercury reports a sale by Mrs William Phillips of the remainder of the stock-in-trade, household furniture etc from her residence, the Post Office Paterson. This may have been around the time the family moved to Raymond Terrace.

      Around this time, William and Mary Anne separated and she began a relationship with Robert Paulovich.

      William died of pharyngitis on 19 October 1864 at Mudgee, New South Wales, aged 50. He was buried on 22 October 1864 at Mudgee. He was recorded as a teacher at Mudgee when he died.

      The informant was his sister Lydia Bowker who gave her address as Newcastle. For William's death certificate, Lydia did not list any marriage nor children of the marriage. This meant that for years researchers were not able to identify the seven children of William and Mary Anne.