more information on Thomas and Frances Lynam
Thomas Lynam was born in Athlone, West Meath, Ireland about March of 1824, his parents were John Lynam, and his mother Ellen Curly.
At some stage he went to India with the British East India Company, and when the Indian Mutiny happened in 1857-1858 he joined the 1st Madras Fusiliers and fought in the battles - Relief of Lucknow 29 June - 22 November 1857 under the command of Sir Colin Campbell, and Lucknow November 1857 - March 1858 also under the command of Sir Colin Campbell who were engaged in final operations leading to the surrender of Lucknow and the clearing of the surrounding areas. Thomas attained the rank of sergeant. Thomas would reminiscence of Indian life both as a soldier and as a civilian, and possessed an intimate knowledge of life in that country. He was the possessor of numerous medals and clasps, which were presented to him in recognition of his duties in the field, which he was quite proud of.
On the 23rd May 1859 Thomas married Frances (Fanny) Walsh in Madras India. (Fanny came to India as a child from England.).
The Lynams left Madras and headed back to England in 1860, their first born child Mary Rockcliffe Lynam was born at sea near the island of St Helena off the African Coast in the South Atlantic Ocean. Mary married Augustus Marris in 1882. Mary died on the 16th July 1924 of heart failure.*
In 1861 the English Census shows that Thomas, Frances and Mary were living in Lynchford Road, Farnborough, Hampshire England, where Thomas was assistant warden at the Military Prison. The Lynams had a young girl of 16 called Bridget Henahon working for them as their servant. In 1862 they were living in Dyfed, Pembrokeshire in Wales where Henry Sydney Lynam was born (our great grandfather). He died in Clermont Qld from Cancer of the tongue. Another daughter called Ellen was born around 1865 prior to their departure on the 27th March 1866 from Liverpool, England on the "Great Pacific" sailing into Keppel Bay Queensland on the 12th July 1866.
On the 14th June 1867 their daughter Ellen passed away aged 2 years*. In October of that year they had another daughter called Agnes, followed by in 1877 by Teresa Lynam, Teresa never married and passed away in 1947*, then in 1873 a son Patrick O'Neill was born, he passed away on the 21/12/1928.* Another son called John Paul Lynam was born in 1874, he passed way in 1945, this was followed by the birth in 1877 of Ann who passed away on the aged 5 of congestion of the lung.* The last child a daughter was born in 1881 and was called Veronica Rose.
After their arrival in Rockhampton, Thomas found work as officer in charge of the immigration depot, which in those days was quite a challenging job, and on one occasion led to his appearance in court which led to the prosecution of an immigrant who was trying to steal a bed. After his retirement from that office Thomas joined the Customs Department as tidewaiter, a position he retained for a great number of years, where again he found himself as witness in a court case on Wednesday the 5th April 1876, about coal being short supplied on a vessel to the Rockhampton Gas and Coke Company. Thomas then became an officer of the Harbours and River, and was placed in charge of the powder magazine. The duties of that office he was still working at up until a couple of days before he died of Dengue Fever on the 25th June 1897.
The funeral of Thomas Lynam* was widely attended. To many of the older residents of Rockhampton, Thomas was widely known as the sergeant.
Thomas and Frances Lynam lived in Kent Street, Depot Hill, Rockhampton.
Notes:* Buried in South Rockhampton Cemetery
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