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Captain Thomas Farrell, partner of Emma, "Queen of New Guinea"
« on: Saturday 28 January 17 07:18 GMT (UK) »
Does anyone know the family history of the mariner, blackbirder & trader, Thomas Farrell who was from NSW and went to Samoa via the New Zealand gold fields.  He had a hotel in Apia where he met Jonas Coe, an American and his married daughter, Emma Forsayth (1850-1913).   Emma's mother was Joana Talelatale, a Samoan belonging to the Malietoa dynasty.   Her husband had been lost at sea and after some political trouble in Samoa, in 1878, with her father's blessing, she and Thomas sailed to New Guinea (NG) and opened a trading post at Mioko.  Their time together is well related by R.W. Robson in his book "Queen Emma", first published in 1965.   Robson described Thomas as a big man with a red beard.
Their business thrived & Emma became a person of fame, fortune and influence in East New Britain, NG.   In time, Thomas had a few vessels in his charge, hence the title "Captain".   He became ill and, in 1885, went to Brisbane where tuberculosis was diagnosed.   He went back to NG briefly, transferred his business assets to Emma, then returned to Brisbane for treatment. Thomas died in 1887, either in Brisbane or Sydney.   There is one record of the death of a Thomas Farrell in 1887 on the Queensland Index (C1210) which includes the note "born in NSW aged 40yrs", which could be relevant.
As far as I am aware, Thomas was not in my line of Farrells, but he is of historical interest and I would like to know more about him, especially his background in NSW.
KF

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Re: Captain Thomas Farrell, partner of Emma, "Queen of New Guinea"
« Reply #1 on: Saturday 28 January 17 07:54 GMT (UK) »
Death 5/10/1887
Report of his death (see under JUNDAH, October 6)
http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/19927995/2255564
http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/3481413
Early yesterday morning a drover named Thomas Farrell, about 45 years of age, was brought into town by Mr. Frank Cory, suffering great pain from what appeared to be heart disease. He expired soon after his arrival, and his remains were decently interred in the new cemetery in the evening. He had been ailing for some weeks, and was about to take, charge of a mob of Tocal cattle travelling southward. He was unknown here, but was formerly employed as a drover at Bulloo Downs station.

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Re: Captain Thomas Farrell, partner of Emma, "Queen of New Guinea"
« Reply #2 on: Saturday 28 January 17 08:03 GMT (UK) »
I can see 3 different males died in 1887, 1888 -  in NSW with their deaths registered as Thomas FARRELL at NSW BDM online. http://www.bdm.nsw.gov.au/Pages/family-history/family-history.aspx


# 7844, parents as Robert and Selina, registered Granville

# 4104, given names of parents not displayed, aged 48 years, died Camperdown, registered Newtown.

#3501, given names of parents not displayed, aged 54 years, died St Peters, registered St Peters.


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Re: Captain Thomas Farrell, partner of Emma, "Queen of New Guinea"
« Reply #3 on: Saturday 28 January 17 08:33 GMT (UK) »
Hi cupoflife & majm
Thanks for quick responses.
The Central West Qld death of the drover is almost certainly not my person of interest who was a former sea-farer & dying of TB, which leaves me with the three in Sydney.   #7844 was born in 1885 so he is out of the picture.   The remaining two are in the appropriate age group and I would think the 48 yr old would be the best bet, based on location being closer to the sea.
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Re: Captain Thomas Farrell, partner of Emma, "Queen of New Guinea"
« Reply #4 on: Saturday 28 January 17 08:37 GMT (UK) »
This looks like the right chap SMH 8March1888 http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/13678113
FARRELL - March 6, at Prince Alfred Hospital. Thomas Farrell, late well known in the Island trade, aged 47 years.

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Re: Captain Thomas Farrell, partner of Emma, "Queen of New Guinea"
« Reply #5 on: Saturday 28 January 17 08:41 GMT (UK) »

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Re: Captain Thomas Farrell, partner of Emma, "Queen of New Guinea"
« Reply #6 on: Saturday 28 January 17 08:44 GMT (UK) »
I can see 3 different males died in 1887, 1888 -  in NSW with their deaths registered as Thomas FARRELL at NSW BDM online. http://www.bdm.nsw.gov.au/Pages/family-history/family-history.aspx


# 7844, parents as Robert and Selina, registered Granville

# 4104, given names of parents not displayed, aged 48 years, died Camperdown, registered Newtown.

#3501, given names of parents not displayed, aged 54 years, died St Peters, registered St Peters.


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So this is him
6/3/1888 #4104 FARRELL, Thomas; aged 48 years, died Camperdown, registered Newtown.

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Re: Captain Thomas Farrell, partner of Emma, "Queen of New Guinea"
« Reply #7 on: Saturday 28 January 17 08:49 GMT (UK) »
http://www.rookwoodcemetery.com.au/deceased-search-engine
THOMAS FARRELL; age 47; date of service 8/03/1888; Zone B FF   299
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Re: Captain Thomas Farrell, partner of Emma, "Queen of New Guinea"
« Reply #8 on: Saturday 28 January 17 08:54 GMT (UK) »
Index to Intestate Estate Case Papers
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FARRELL, Thomas; 1888; St Peters

Looks like the #3501 St Peters chap age 54 as listed by JM
http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/107330733