Thomas Lansdown was born 11 January 1855 in "Springfield", Tirranaville, Goulburn, New South Wales, Australia to Thomas Lansdown (1817-1885) and Jane Kelly (c1830-1872) .
Stories have been told in the family of Thomas Lansdown (1817-1885) that his son Thomas went to Victoria.
In February 1872 it is possible that Thomas may have been convicted of horse-stealing and sentenced to 3 years hard labour to be served in Melbourne gaol. The Thomas Lansdown who was convicted had stolen a horse in Echuca on 8 January 1872 and was found with the horse still in his possession 6 weeks later at Seymour. The 3 years imprisonment would have terminated in February 1875.
In early 1874 Thomas's father was summoned to show cause why Thomas's selection (in the parish of) Towrang near Goulburn should not be forfeited for non-residence. A report from the surveyor, dated 31 Januray 1874, stated that there had been no improvements to the land and that the selector, Thomas, was a minor residing with his parents elsewhere. Thomas's father deposed that Thomas was away from home. Thomas's father's evidence was that Thomas had resided on the land for 18 months before transferring the land to his younger (half-)brother Robert (Robert Best Lansdowne (1864-1945)) (9 years old at the time of the court case) after which Thomas Jnr had left the district.
In July 1872 Thomas's mother Jane Kelly died in Sydney.
In July 1874 Thomas's sister Isabella Lydia Lansdown (1851-1911) advertised in Sydney, New South Wales to try to find her brother Thomas Lansdown or Frederick Davis (an alias).
In November 1875 Frederick Thomas Lansdown (1849-1910), who had been working at Colo married in Windsor and settled with his family at Merriwa, New South Wales.
It is possible that Thomas was in Victoria in 1886. In March 1886 a Thomas Lansdown alias William Bennett alias Thomas Kelly (the surname of Thomas's mother Jane Kelly) was released from gaol in Victoria.
Thomas Lansdown did go back to his family in Goulburn. A photograph of him as an adult, taken after he retirned to Goulburn, is held by the Goulburn Historical Society. In the obituary for his step-mother Rebecca Best (1834-1921) he is mentioned as being one of her 2 surviving sons (the other surviving son, not mentioned, was Robert Best Lansdowne (1864-1945) and as living at Shaws Creek (which was an alternative name for Boxers Creek where the Lansdown family was living).
Thomas Lansdown died after January 1921.
|Offspring of Thomas Lansdown and Ann Unknown (-1850)|
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