Thomas MARSH 1830-1908, b. Norfolk, England, to John MARSH and Mary ERNSHAW; married in 1853 at Downham, Norfolk, England to Maria LOCK 1824-1910, b. London, England, to William LOCK and ____.

Thomas and Maria MARSH arrived at Portland Bay, Victoria, Australia on the emigrant ship "Oithona" in 1853 along with their son George who was born on the voyage to Australia. By 1861 they had moved north to Carapook on the original "Muntham" station of Edward HENTY

In 1875 Thomas MARSH was recorded as a labourer of Bruk Bruk (Carapook) with 4 school-aged children and shown as living 2 miles NW of the Carapook settlement, and was one of the signatures to the 1875 school petition aimed at establishing a new school at Carapook.

Thomas MARSH died at his residence "Spring Bank" Goroke, Victoria on 20 Jul 1908 and his wife Maria MARSH (LOCK) died at Karnak (near Goroke), Victoria on 26 Sep 1910 and they were both buried in the Goroke cemetery.

Daryl CRABTREE, a descendant of Thomas MARSH provided a copy of his obituary in 1908.
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Obituary for Thomas MARSH

Mr Thomas MARSH died on Monday, 20th July 1908
Mr Thomas Marsh one of the oldest residents of the Goroke district, died at his late residence, "Springbank," Goroke at 5 o'clock on Monday morning, 20th July. Deceased arrived in Portland on 2nd Oct, 1853, by the ship Anthona, accompanied by his wife and one child, a son (who was born at sea). He worked first for Mr Schofield, who was engaged wool scouring. Being young, strong and ambitious, he left for the gold fields, and after working some time without unearthing anything worthwhile he returned to Portland, where Mrs Marsh and child had remained. Here he entered the employ of the late Mr Edward Henty. He also worked at a large livery stable and horse-breaking establishment owned by a Mr George Smith. He was next engaged on "Kangaroo" Station (Mr McEachern's) near Hotspur, After leaving this station he re-entered the service of Edward Henty at "Muntham" station, near Casterton, and served with that gentleman for 8 years. Thinking he had been in service long enough, he struck out for himself and got a small piece of the "Chetwynd" run, but it was insufficient to keep a growing family (for his family had increased), so he struck out for the West Wimmera, where he had resided until his death, having been fairly successful. He has left a wife, three sons and five daughters, all being in comfortable circumstances, The sons are Messrs John (Lake Karnack), Charles (Bungaree), and George, and the daughters are Mesdames Lowe (2), Bailey, Adams, and Crabtree,

Mr Marsh was born at Salters Load, County Norfolk, England. He was married at the early age of 21 at Downham, Norfolk, to Miss Maria Lock, a native of London. Mrs Marsh has attained the ripe age of 84, and is fairly well considering that she, a short time ago, underwent a serious operation.

Thomas MARSH and Maria LOCK had the following family:

  1. George Thomas MARSH 1853-1931, b. at sea "Oithona", d. Ballarat, Victoria; m. 1887 to Annie Agnes McKINNON 1850-1912, b. Glasgow, Scotland to Charles McKINNON and Euphemia McDONALD; d. Melbourne, Victoria

  2. Hannah Maria MARSH 1855-1908, b. Portland, Victoria; d. Goroke, Victoria; m. 1878 George BAILEY c. 1854-1929, b. Portland, Victoria to Gracious BAILEY and Caroline PITTS; of Carapoo and Goroke, Victoria; d. Goroke, Victoria; 7 children.

  3. Ellen MARSH 1857-1940, b. Portland, Victoria; d. Gorooke, Victoria; m. 1878 to Sidney ADAMS c.1847-1895, b. London, England to Sidney ADAMS and Elizabeth DAWES; d. Chetwynd district 9N of Casterton), Victoria; 3 children.

  4. John MARSH 1859-1917, b. Smoky River (Hotspur), Victoria; d. Goroke, Victoria; m. 1894 Sarah Ann BELLINGER 1865-1951, b. Carapook (Muntham), Victoria to John BELLINGER and Mary Ann COUZENS; d. Horsham, Victoria; 4 children.

  5. Charles MARSH 1861-1937, b. Carapook (on Muntham), Victoria; of Carapook, Goroke, Bungaree and Geelong, Victoria; d. Geelong, Victoria; m.1 1889 Jane Ann MATHIE 1862-1913, b. Carngham, Victoria to James MATHIE and Isabella MILLER; of Carngham, Stawell, Goroke, Geelong and Bungaree, Victoria; d. Bungaree, Victoria; 8 children; m.2 1921 Mary MUNRO 1870-1948, b. Teesdale, Victoria to John MUNRO and Mary FRASER; d. Geelong, Victoria.

  6. Mary MARSH 1864-1924, b. "Muntham Station, Victoria; d. Goroke, Victoria; m. 1889 James LOWE 1865-1950, b. Penola, South Australia to James LOWE and Hannah WHITE; d. Goroke, Victoria; 6 children.

  7. Demarus MARSH 1866-1955, b. Bruk Bruk Parish (Muntham), Victoria; d. Inverell, NSW; m. 1893 to David Joseph CRABTREE 1868-1954, b. "Lemon Springs" Station (near Goroke), Victoria to Abraham CRABTREE and Mary Ann FALLON; d. Inverell, NSW. 6 children.

  8. Ada MARSH 1868-1957, b. Carapook (Muntham), Victoria; d. Penola, South Australia; m. 1895 George LOWE 1867-1926, b. Penola, South Australia to James LOWE and Hannah WHITE; d. Kalangadoo, South Australia; 8 children.