Thomas Roydhouse seemingly disappeared off the census, marriage and death records of the United Kingdom after 1871 showed he was living at 60 Britannia Row with his mother Sarah. He was 24 years of age, single and employed as a messenger boy.
He had been baptised in 1851 at St. Marys, Islington, but was born on May 22nd, 1945.
His occupation in 1861 when he was 14 was recorded as errand boy living at number 60 Britannia Row.
He managed to elude my (idle) searches for many years, until this week while seriously researching the descendants of Thomas Henry and Sarah and their connection to Britannia Row.
Expanding my searches to world-wide, I noticed a death for a Thomas Roydhouse in Adelaide, South Australia on the 4th of February, 1903. I was positive that John C. Roydhouse and family had left Adelaide by then to go to Perth, and his children were too young to be left behind.
A search of Trove revealed several items:
1. In 1876 a Thomas Roydhouse, 29, painter, was aboard the “Golden Sea” which had sailed from Plymouth on December 17th, 1875 for Adelaide.
2. In 1890, under LONG LOST RELATIVES-
Thomas Roydhouse (now supposed to be blind) sailed for Australia in 1875, and in 1885 was in Millicent S.A. Brother Joseph seeks.
There had been much work for hundreds of men draining the lands around Mount Gambier and Millicent from 1864 to the 1880’s. Rainfall in the area is high, and the flat land often had almost 4 metres of water on it every winter. The town of Millicent and the farming lands were able to be established once this work was done.
3. In 1895 Trove recorded that the Agricultural Show had entries from the Industrial School for the Blind in Brougham Place, North Adelaide. First Prize for Mats was a Thomas Roydhouse.
4. Friday July 10th 1903 under DEATHS IN THE HOSPITAL:
The following are the names of persons who died in the Adelaide Hospital during the half year ended June 30, 1903, whose relatives are unknown- Thomas Roydhouse, 57.
Thomas Roydhouse was buried in West Terrace Cemetery, but his gravesite has since been reclaimed.
I wonder if he knew his cousin John Charles Roydhouse was in South Australia from 1889?