Thursday, February 21, 2019

Seavers in the News - Thomas Whitchurch Seaver Dies in Sydney, Australia in 1936

It's time for another edition of "Seavers in the News" - a weekly feature from the historical newspapers about persons with the surname Seaver that are interesting, useful, mysterious, fun, macabre, or add information to my family tree database.

This week's entry is from the Sydney [Australia] Morning Herald  newspaper dated 31 December 1936:

The transcription of the article is:


"Mr. Thomas Whitchurch Seaver, aged 81, who died suddenly on Tuesday at his home in Neutral Bay, was a well-known engineer, and at the time of his death was attached to the National Roads and Motorists' Association.  His father was the Dean of Belfast.  When about 30 years of age, Mr. Seaver went to New Zealand, and later moved to Melbourne, where he was attached to the Public Works Department.  Subsequently he came to New South Wales, and after a short period of Government service, he became engineer to the North Sydney Council.

"He was one of the pioneers in the use of concrete for road surfaces, and his work is to be seen in some of the main thoroughfares of the municipality.  He retired many years ago.  He was a warm advocate of concrete roads in the country in lieu of feeder railways.  He was a member of the Town Planning Association.  He was also a member of the North Sydney Orphans' Club, the Ulster Association, and the Masonic fraternity.

"Mrs. Seaver died a couple of years ago, and Mr. Seaver has left two daughters.

"The funeral, which was a private one, took place yesterday morning at the Northern Suburbs Crematorium.  It was preceded by a service at St. Augustine's Church, Neutral Bay, conducted by the Rev. H.W. Stanger.  A large number of friends attended this service."

The source citation for the article is:

"Mr. T.W. Seaver," The Sydney [Australia] Morning Herald newspaper, obituary, Thursday, 31 December 1936, page 14, column 7, Thomas Whitchurch Seaver obituary;   ( : accessed 21 February 2019).

I recently added a number of Irish Seaver families to my RootsMagic family tree because I am doing a Seaver One-Name study.  Thomas Whitchurch Seaver was one of the additions, but I did not know his death date.  I did know the names of his wife and his three daughters.

Thomas Whitchurch (1855-1936) was born 20 September 1855 in Newry, County Down, Ireland, the son of Reverend Charles and Fanny Anne (Shields) Seaver.   He married Henrietta Alexandra "Etta" Lascelles (1857-1934) in about 1883, and they had three daughters:

*  Eileen Frances May Seaver (1885-????).
*  Vera Lascelles Seaver (1887-????)
*  Marguerite Stewart Seaver (1889-1975).

I am not related, to my knowledge, to Thomas Whitchurch Seaver.


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