Thomas HAYES, b. 1847, Mudgee NSW, d. 3rd December 1929, Randwick, Sydney NSW; U...


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Thomas HAYES, b. 1847, Mudgee NSW, d. 3rd December 1929, Randwick, Sydney NSW

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Tom Hayes was born, probably at Mudgee, New South Wales, in 1847. By 1883 he was working for the Duracks on `Galway Downs' Station, Queensland and left there for the Kimberleys in June of that year, droving 2,000 head of cattle with Tom Kilfoyle, in partnership with `Galway Jerry' Durack. After two years of adventure, privation and hard work they arrived in the Kimberleys in September 1885 to form `Rosewood' Station. Tom had actually left the cattle at Victoria River and chartered a barque, the `Lorinda Borstel', in company with `Black Pat' (Mantinea) Durack and J Brown. The `Lorinda Borstel' arrived in Cambridge Gulf on September 27th 1885 where the three set up a store.
In October 1891 Tom joined Michael Durack, droving 118 head to the Territory. Aborigines dogged their steps from the time they crossed the border, attacking the cattle and setting fires; then they lost cattle through disease. After these trials they were disappointed with low prices and limited demand of poor markets that had been in evidence for some time.
Tom sold his share of the partnership in `Rosewood' Station in 1896 and `retired to Victoria', however by 1915 he was living in Sydney. His eyesight had deteriorated but he had the company of his wife and two daughters. He lived at his residence, `Hazeldene', in Frenchman's Road, Randwick until December 1929, when he died at the age of 82 years and was buried at the Waverley Cemetery on 4th December.

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Spouse: Marion Kate Smith (?)|MARRIED Place and date unknown
Children: Dorothy and Pauline
Resided: 1847: Mudgee NSW|1883: `Galway Downs' Station QLD|1885: `Rosewood' Station WA|1896: VICTORIA|1915: Sydney NSW|1929: Randwick, Sydney NSW

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