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Thomas Bradley


ParentsJohn Thomas Edward Bradley and Christina Bradley (nee Anderson) Both lived in Canada. John Thomas E. Bradley was a Veterinary Surgeon, based at the Remount School, Canadian Military Police, Quebec. Was an original member of Canadian Military Police which was formed from 15th Regiment at Foot (English Army) in Quebec, circa 1825, later to become known as Royal Canadian Mounted Police. ( He may have gone to Canada with the British Army.)
1833Thomas Edward Bradley, born abt. 1833 in Quebec, Canada. Like his father, he studied Veterinary Science.

1853Thomas moved to Australia – Gold discovered at Bendigo and Ballarat in Victoria 1853/54. He took up work with COBB & CO, Freight Lines,from Port Phillip (Geelong) to goldfields.
1854Eureka Stockade Riots, December 1854. Bradley was aged 21 years. He was involved in the ‘escape’ of Peter Lalor from Ballarat using his ‘transport’ to take Lalor away from gold fields, hidden under a load of cargo.  Bradley also appeared as a witness for the Crown in trials for Prosecution against 3 miners involved in the riot, 2 of whom were charged with high treason. He was commended by the Judge as a reliable and honest witness.(Documents re trial are held at Ballarat, Vic Also on line.)
1855Thomas Bradley returned to Canada….1855/56 

1856Thomas went to New Zealand. [Death Certificate show he was in New Zealand for 15 years. Known by family to have been involved in Maori Wars (1843-1872). Period involved could have been 1857 –1872, serving with Armed Constabulary or British Imperial Troops, who were protecting British settlers from Maoris. Troops were recruited from various colonies.
1872Returned to Australia (Victoria) at end of wars. (1872/3) 

1873Married in Melbourne. 13/10/1873, at Gardiner (Vic) to Louisa Maddicks, daughter of Joseph Maddicks and Mary Louisa Maddicks (nee Loring). The Maddicks family came from Gloucestershire, England, and had a dairy farm near Malvern (Vic). Louisa was born at Northccote (Vic) and was a domestic servant when married. She was 19 yrs and Bradley 40 yrs. They had 10 children. Their first child, Annie Louisa born at Caulfield 6/8/74. Thomas and family followed the gold and sapphire strikes in Vic, NSW and Queensland. Was at Warrandyte (where a road was named after him) and at Maffra in Gippsland. Then moved to NSW, later to Anakie (near Emerald) in Queensland before the family finally settled in Glen Innes NSW. See details of their movements on list of children’s births. 1896/7 Met William Scott (Snr) and son Thomas on Old Glen Innes Road at Glennies Creek ( near Buccarumbi)- Bradley was going to sapphire fields near Inverell. Scotts enroute to Grafton port, with wool for shipping. Bradley set up a carrying business in Glen Innes. Established a large timber house and stables named ‘Kia Ora” on property bounded by Short Street and Mann’s Lane on outskirts of Glen Innes. It was still standing and occupied when I saw it in the early 1980’s. 

1909Thomas Bradley was seriously injured in an accident when his horse  bolted and he was thrown out of his sulky near the Catholic Church.  He died in Glen Innes hospital, of a fracture of the skull on 30/1/1909, he was aged 76 years.  Details on Death Certificate were given by J.A.Martin, Coroner, who conducted the inquest. Thomas is buried in the Anglican section of the Glen Innes Cemetery. Plaque inscription at grave headstone reads:

    “In memory of my beloved husband Thomas Bradley,
    accidentally killed 30th Jan. 1909
    Aged 76 years.
    At Rest.”

Above inscription included here as it has deteriorated over the years and barely readable. I have photos.  

Details of family of Thomas and Louisa Bradley.

    1874 Annie Louisa born Caulfield (Vic)

    1876 John Thomas born at Gundagai (NSW)

    1878 Alice (k/a Rae) Mary born at Tamworth (NSW)

    1880 Susannah Ellen May (k/a Nellie) born at ? ( record not available )

    1882 Christina Elizabeth born at Bourke (NSW)

    1885 Jane born in Queensland * Died in Qld 1890 Aged 5 yrs

    1890 Joseph Anthony born in Qld * Died in Qld 1891 Aged 1Yr ?

    1892 Margaret Fances born at Ballina (NSW)

    1895 William Edward G. Born at Ballina (NSW)

    1897 Gladys Adelaide born at Glen Innes (NSW)

Family Marriages.

    1897 Annie Louia married Thomas William Scott at Glen Innes,

    1906 Christina Elizabeth married James F. McMorrow at Glen Innes

    1907 Alice (Rae) Mary married Jack Bowen at Sydney

    1916 Margaret Frances married David Anderson at Glen Innes

    1916 Gladys Adelaide married Charles H. Miller at Glen Innes

    1920 Ellen (Nellie) May married Murty Sullivan at Woollahra

Note1: Nellie’s two previous marriages to (1) Davis and (2) Clark === not able to pick up dates.
Have met some of the children of all 3 marriages.

John Thomas (eldest son) never married. Died Kyogle.(NSW) 1956?
William Edward G. never married. Died in action in France 1917 W.W.1

Sources for info: Death Certificate (Thomas), Birth Registrations, Marriage
Registrations. Margaret Anderson, (daughter) Julie Martin (g.granddaughter)
G.T.W. and C.G.B Scott (my father and uncle), other family members I knew.

Note2: On Annie’s Marriage Certificate, Ellen (Nellie) signed as SUSAN Bradley
On father’s Death Cert, is shown as Hannah M.

Compiled for the records by Jean Scott Deaner 2011.