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From: "Susie Zada" <>
Subject: [GEELONG] Thomas MAY
Date: Sun, 4 Apr 2010 09:21:51 +1000
I've changed the subject line because the Digest subject line is most
confusing and causes the system to "multiply" the messages!
Just a couple of corrections - the original printed directory probably had
Marabool Street but it's actually Moorabool Street.
You also asked "Why did the family leave Geelong just at the height of the
gold rush?" The gold rush didn't start until mid 1851 so it definitely
hadn't started here. Perhaps he'd read about the gold rush in the US and
thought he'd pursue that?
Consider this as a possibility - Argus newspaper 10 Oct 1849, 13 Oct 1849,
17 Oct 1849 and 19 Oct 1849 ...
Schooner 'Marian Watson' sailed for San Francisco, California - passenger
included Mr T MAY ?? - departed Sydney.
This doesn't fit with a reference to Thomas MAY (Baker) of South Geelong -
victim of assault - 14 Dec 1849 but perhaps that's a typo because Mrs Sarah
MAY was before the court 31 Oct 1848.
You would need to get someone to check the original entries in the
newspapers to confirm if those dates are correct.
The local reference to Thomas MAY, dwelling house, Moorabool street was 12
Apr 1849 [Geelong Advertiser - Electoral List]
And looking further, unless there are two Thomas MAYs, the 1849 entry may
not be a typo ...
Thomas MAY, householder, Wallace Street (there is a Wallace Street in South
Geelong) - 18 Apr 1850 [Geelong Advertiser - Electoral List]
Thomas MAY, Marabool street, Geelong - 29 Jun 1849 [Argus - Electoral List]
At the time you mentioned, there was a LOT of travelling / migration to and
from New Zealand and to and from the US.
Not sure if that all helps or confuses!
Regards ......... Susie Z
[mailto:] On Behalf Of Chuck
Sent: Sunday, 4 April 2010 2:03 AM
Subject: Re: [GEELONG] AUS-VIC-GEELONG-DISTRICT Digest, Vol 5, Issue 50
Not unless you can figure out where my Thomas MAY came from and how/why they
went to New York. This has had me seriously stumped for decades now, and I
suspect I am seriously hampered by the distance from Massachusetts to
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