Thomas  Wyeth

Thomas Wyeth

Male 1849 - 1940  (91 years)

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  • Name Thomas Wyeth 
    Born 6 Mar 1849  Wellington, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Occupation
    • Farmer
    Reference Number WE 
    Died 13 Apr 1940  Masterton, Masterton District, Wellington, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Buried 16 Apr 1940  Archer St Cemetery, Masterton, Wairarapa, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • In Loving Memory of Thomas Wyeth born 6 March 1849 died 13 April 1940. "His memory best is loved by those to whom his living was best known."
    Archer St Cemetery - Thomas Wyeth
    Archer St Cemetery - Thomas Wyeth
    Archer St Cemetery - Thomas Wyeth - wording
    Archer St Cemetery - Thomas Wyeth - wording
    Notes 
    • (Research):Thomas' place of birth is recorded as Willis St Wellington on 6 March 1849 the 3rd son 5th Child of Robert and Jane (nee Runnalls) Wyeth.

      Thomas' youth was spent in the Hutt Valley; he had vivid recollections of the floods that occurred in the Silverstream area in 1858 and recollected standing upstairs in their two-story dwelling watching the floodwaters wash away adjacent building and their occupants.

      Hutt Valley
      The Hutt Valley in Thomas' time was very thickly wooded, one of the better Totara forests in New Zealand. It was from this bush chiefly was drawn the timber with which the infant city of Wellington was built. Every day the forest rang with the blow of axes, and the crash of falling timber. Then came fire, and then the yellow wheat, which ground in a handmill, and winnowed in the wind, found its way into the camp ovens, or as damper, was baked in the ashes of a camp fire. As an indication of the extent of the timber industry in the Hutt Valley at that time, there were at least 27 wagon teams operating in the district. Cotters (4), Smith (2), Spackman (2), Wyeth (2), Robertson (1), Dews (3), Harris (3), Burnett (3), Maybey (3), Bruce (1). Cotter's teams were carting for the Cruickshank mill at Upper Hutt. Robertson was milling at Stokes Valley.
      As the four horse wagons each carried 2000 feet of pit-sawn timber, and made three of four trips into Wellington each week, that busy settlement must, at this time, have been absorbing over 80,000 feet of timber each week.

      Thomas was a skilled reinsman, and, with his brother Charles, carried the materials for the first telegraph line from Wellington to Masterton in about 1867. This was at a time when the roads were not remarkable for the quality of their surfaces, and the only bridge between Masterton and the Hutt was the Black Bridge' over the Waiohine River, and driving a heavy wagon loaded with copper wire and insulators was a man's task. The first telegraph line consisted of two wires, and took a more direct route than does the present line. The task of laying it through bush, from spur to spur across the Rimutakas was a difficult one. Many of the posts were cut on the spot. It was later found necessary, however, to revert to the present route owing to the difficulty of maintaining a line that did not follow the road.

      1865 - 72 Champion Athlete
      From the Masterton "Times Age""AN EX-CHAMPION PEDESTRIAN The winning of the Old Men's Race at the recent St. Patrick's Day Sports Association meeting by Mr T. Wyeth, of Opaki, brings back to memory some of the great races Mr Wyeth won in various parts of New Zealand in his younger days. He was one of the best long distance runners ever seen in New Zealand.
      In Mr Wyeth's running days handicaps were unknown and all men started off the same mark. Mr Wyeth used to compete in races from 100 yards up to three miles, but it was in the longer distance races that he was best known as a champion.
      During the seven years he was running, from 1865 to 1872, he was never beaten in one mile, two miles, or three miles events, and at those distances was champion of New Zealand. He competed all over the colony, and against the best runners in Australasia.
      Mr Wyeth's first race was at the New Year's Day Sports in Wellington in 1865. It was a two days' gathering, and was held in Martins paddock, opposite where the Panama Hotel now stands in Taranaki Street. It was the youths' race, under 16 years of age, distance 220 yards, and Mr Wyeth won easily. On the second day of the sports he appropriated two wore races he started in.
      It was on January 23 following that Mr Wyeth made his debut in "big" company. In those days a regatta was hold on Anniversary Day and a sports meeting in Clapham's paddock, on Thorndon Flat, opposite the old Princess Hotel, the next day, January 23. Some of the beat-known pedestrians in the colony were competing that day. Among these was John Phillips, then champion of Wellington, McGuire (a crack long distance runner and afterwards member of the House of Representatives for Hawera), and C. Wyeth, brother of Mr T. Wyeth.
      In the Mile Championship, for which there were thirteen starters, Including the before mentioned cracks, all starting off the same mark, Mr T. Wyeth created a great surprise by winning somewhat easily from C. Wyeth, who was second. McGuire was third, and Phillips fourth.
      Mr Wyeth competed at Wellington, Hokitika, Invercargill and various other parts of the colony, always appropriating the long-distance events and occasionally striking his colours in the sprint events.
      In 1867, Isherwood, champion long distance runner of Cambridge, and one of the cracks of England, came to New Zealand and issued a challenge to race anyone In the colony over two miles. Mr Wyeth promptly accepted the challenge, and the match came off at Silverstream, Mr Wyeth once again demonstrating his claim to being the champion long-distance runner of the Colony.
      In 1871 at Invercargill, Mr. Wyeth met the redoubtable Dawson, of Invercargill, who was carrying everything before him in the long-distance events, and defeated him somewhat easily.
      Hessey, the crack Tasmanian, came over to the colony about this time, but met his match in the subject of this sketch.
      Other notable runners Mr Wyeth met and defeated in long-distance events in those days were, G. Yule (now of, Pahiatua), the late Duncan McMaster (of Tuhitarata Station, Lower Valley), probably the finest all-round athlete New Zealand has ever seen, John Cotter (of Greytown), and Harrison (of Otaki).
      A great struggle took place in Wellington in 1868 between the latter, who was a half- caste Maori, and Mr Wyeth in the 11/4 Mile Championship, but Mr Wyeth eventually won.
      Mr. Wyeth gave up running in 1873, about which year handicaps began to be introduced. This was the year the crack Wellington Pedestrian, G. Donovan, made his debut."
      Timber Milling
      Superintendent's Message No 4 dated 16/5/1867, recommended that the Provincial Government establish telegraph stations at Featherston and Greytown. Contract for telegraph line awarded to T Wyeth and Bro, of Landsdowne, Masterton, line completed the following year.[1]
      Tom and George Sykes, his sister Maria's brother in law, assisted in clearing the across the Rimutakas for the Upper Hutt Featherston portion of the Wellington - Wairarapa railway. They introduced the American system of squaring timber into the Wellington Province, importing special axes with twelve-inch blades for the work. Prior to this ordinary ship's axes had been used for this tricky work and Tom described the difference as about the difference between sawn and dressed timber. During this time Tom squared over a half a million feet of timber for the construction of the railway line.
      Tom and his brother in law Isaac Sykes were responsible for squaring the timber used in the Railway Bridge across the Hutt River at Haywards.

      Wairarapa

      Thomas moved with his family to the Wairarapa in the late 1870s.
      Marriage
      Thomas was married in Masterton on 17 January 1883 to Margaret Rachael Ann McLeod the youngest child of Angus and Catherine (nee Sinclair) McLeod. Rachael was born 12 January 1859 in Scotland.
      Thomas and Margaret lived `Rosebank' Mt Bruce; the actual house has been shifted to Opaki and restored.
      Bush Fires
      His farm property is now farmed by one of his Wyeth Grandsons.
      After he left Mt Bruce he built a house in Totara St Masterton. Using timber from the Mt Bruce sawmill. (2)
      Golden Wedding
      Thomas' Reminiscences 1933 Mr and Mrs Thomas Wyeth, who last week celebrated their Golden Wedding are very old and well known residents of the Wairarapa. Mr Wyeth, at the age of 84, is an interesting personality, with a keen mind and an active body. Practically the whole of his life has been spent in the Wellington province, and caught in reminiscent mood, he is an interesting talker. (1)

      Thomas died 13 April 1940 in Masterton and is buried in Masterton Cemetery. Maggie died almost two years later on 12 April 1942 in Masterton and was buried with her husband in Masterton Cemetery.

      [1] 'Early History of Wairarapa' by Charles Bannister "In 1867 Mr Thomas Wyeth of Lansdowne and his brother laid the telegraph wires, insulatots, and cross pieces from the Hutt to the Waiporia."
    Person ID I35  Frost Family
    Last Modified 21 Apr 2017 

    Father Robert Wyeth,   b. 14 Oct 1814, Jamaica Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Jul 1903, Masterton, Masterton District, Wellington, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years) 
    Mother Jane Runnalls,   b. 6 Dec 1816, Cornwall, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Jul 1886, Masterton, Masterton District, Wellington, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years) 
    Married 27 Apr 1840  Wellington, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Wedding Notice
    Wedding Notice
    Photos
    Robt Wyeth and Family
    Robt Wyeth and Family
    Photo L to R rear Thomas, George, John, Charles.
    Front Sarah, Elizabeth, Robert, Mary, Maria.

    Photo will have been taken after Jane died in 1866.
    Family ID F8  Group Sheet

    Family Margaret Rachel Ann McLeod,   b. 12 Jan 1859, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Apr 1942, Masterton, Masterton District, Wellington, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years) 
    Married 17 Jan 1883  Masterton, Masterton District, Wellington, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • Wairarapa Daily 18/1/1883 Page2 Col 4 Marriage Notice.
      On 17th, instant, at Mikimiki, by the Rev., L.M.Isitt, Thomas Wyeth, third son of Mr. R. Wyeth of Masterton, to Margaret Richaline, eldest daughter of Mr. Angus McLeod of Opaki. (Wellington Papers Please copy).
    Golden Wedding 17 Jan 1923  Masterton, Masterton District, Wellington, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Pioneer Settlers
    Pioneer Settlers
    Mr and Mrs T. Wyeth Celebrate Golden Wedding
    Mr & Mrs Tom Wyeth Golden Wedding
    Mr & Mrs Tom Wyeth Golden Wedding
    Children 
    +1. Catherine Margaret Jane Wyeth,   b. 1 Feb 1884, Mt Bruce, Masterton, Wairarapa, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Apr 1929, Levin, Horowhenua, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 45 years)
    +2. Alice Wyeth,   b. 11 Aug 1885, Masterton, Masterton District, Wellington, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Feb 1983, Horowhenua Hospital, Levin, Horowhenua, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 97 years)
    +3. Norman Robert Wyeth,   b. 26 Feb 1887, Mt Bruce, Masterton, Wairarapa, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Apr 1964, Masterton, Masterton District, Wellington, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years)
    +4. Thomas Wyeth,   b. 29 Sep 1888, Mt Bruce, Masterton, Wairarapa, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Dec 1970, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years)
    +5. Alexander George (Degs) Wyeth,   b. 12 Apr 1890, Mt Bruce, Masterton, Wairarapa, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Aug 1980, Masterton, Masterton District, Wellington, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 90 years)
    +6. Margaret (Beaut) Wyeth,   b. 5 Jun 1892, Opaki, Masterton, Wairarapa, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Feb 1979  (Age 86 years)
    +7. Leslie Charles (Charlie) Wyeth,   b. 4 Mar 1894, Mt Bruce, Masterton, Wairarapa, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Jun 1968, Masterton, Masterton District, Wellington, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years)
     8. Archie Wyeth,   b. 16 Apr 1896, Mt Bruce, Masterton, Wairarapa, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Sep 1966, Masterton, Masterton District, Wellington, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years)
    +9. Lila Elizabeth Mary Wyeth,   b. 22 Mar 1899, Masterton, Masterton District, Wellington, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Nov 1925, Carterton, Wairarapa, Wellington, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 26 years)
    +10. Angus Sinclair (Clair Or Sinclair) Wyeth,   b. 1 Jun 1902, Masterton, Masterton District, Wellington, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Aug 1967, Puketeraki, Otago, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years)
    Photos
    Thomas and Margaret Wyeth and family 1908
    Thomas and Margaret Wyeth and family 1908
    Charles Alexander Norman Thomas Beaut Archie.
    Center Alice Thomas Maggie June.
    Front Lila Clair
    Sons of Thomas Wyeth
    Sons of Thomas Wyeth
    Back Row-Tom,Charlie(uniform),Norm.
    Front Row- Clair, Archie, Alec (Degs)
    Photo taken about 1916.
    Thomas Wyeth's adult children
    Thomas Wyeth's adult children
    Back L to R Alec; Archie; Sinclair; Charlie
    Front Thomas; Margaret; Alice; Norman.
    Wyeth Family Reunion 1955.
    Lila and June were both deceased by this time. Lila died aged 26 and June 45.
    Family Gathering Masterton 1955
    Family Gathering Masterton 1955
    (Click on the photo to see the names)
    Histories
    Jokes and Pranks of the Thomas Wyeth Family
    Jokes and Pranks of the Thomas Wyeth Family
    Last Modified 10 Feb 2009 
    Family ID F133  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 6 Mar 1849 - Wellington, New Zealand Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 17 Jan 1883 - Masterton, Masterton District, Wellington, New Zealand Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsGolden Wedding - 17 Jan 1923 - Masterton, Masterton District, Wellington, New Zealand Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 13 Apr 1940 - Masterton, Masterton District, Wellington, New Zealand Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 16 Apr 1940 - Archer St Cemetery, Masterton, Wairarapa, New Zealand Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Thomas and Rachel Wyeth and Ors at Wedding
    Thomas and Rachel Wyeth and Ors at Wedding.jpg
    Not known whose wedding
    Thomas at a Wedding
    Thomas at a Wedding
    Totara Street Homestead
    Totara Street Homestead
    Thomas Wyeth and Family and others (Click on the photo to see the names)
    Archie: Old Tom; Margaret sitting; Lila sitting; Degs; Bill Gregor;POLE; Curly and child POLE Norm;Kate; Ivy; Norm Blatchford; Geoff and Beaut sitting; Thomas jnr and child POLE child; child; June; Edward; Aunty Al Roy Tankersley.
    Thomas Wyeth
    Thomas Wyeth

    Documents
    New Zealand Post and Telegraph Department
    New Zealand Post and Telegraph Department
    Letter 22 Apr 2004 to Mr Wyeth re proposed mail service Masterton to Kaiparoro
    Caledonian Sports
    Caledonian Sports
    Like father like son

    Histories
    Thomas Wyeth and family
    Thomas Wyeth and family

  • Sources 
    1. [S293] BDM NZ Historical Records, (http://www.bdmhistoricalrecords.identityservices.govt.nz/home/), 1849/758 (Reliability: 3).
      1849/758 Wyeth Thomas

    2. [S293] BDM NZ Historical Records, (http://www.bdmhistoricalrecords.identityservices.govt.nz/home/), 1940/24692 (Reliability: 3), 13 Apr 1940.
      Wyeth Thomas aged 91Y

    3. [S10] Marriage Register Index , 1883/310 (Reliability: 3).