Thomas Bewes Strangways

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Thomas Bewes Strangways (23 July 1809 – 23 February 1859), generally called "Bewes Strangways" and "T. Bewes Strangways", was an explorer, early settler and Colonial Secretary of South Australia.

Strangways was the second son of late Henry Bull Strangways of Shapwick, Somerset, England. [1] He and his brother Giles E. Strangways arrived in the new colony on HMS Buffalo with Governor John Hindmarsh [1] and he was engaged to one of Hindmarsh's daughters. However, they never married and Strangways later married Lavinia Albina née Fowler (c. 1810 – 22 October 1883). He sat on the Street Naming Committee, where Strangways Terrace, located in North Adelaide was named after him.

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Strangways died in Glenelg, South Australia [1] or St. Leonard's on 23 February 1859, aged 49. [3] His widow, an invalid, went to live with H. B. T. Strangways, then with Mrs. B. Clark at Childers Street, North Adelaide in an arrangement which has the appearance of protective custody. In 1865 her nephew, Mr. C. Fowler, a Miss Fowler, and a sister-in-law Mrs. Lorimer, sought a writ of habeas corpus against them, claiming that her family and friends had been denied access to her. As a result, Mrs. Strangways was taken in Rounsevell's carriage to Mr. Fowler's home "Elderslie" at Woodside, [4] where she died some eighteen years later.

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References

  1. 1 2 3 Mennell,Philip (1892)." Wikisource-logo.svg   Strangways, Thomas Bewes".The Dictionary of Australasian Biography.London:Hutchinson & Co. Wikisource
  2. "Statistical Record of the Legislature 1836 - 2007" (PDF). Parliament of South Australia. Retrieved 25 September 2014.
  3. "Family Notices". The South Australian Advertiser . Adelaide, S.A.: National Library of Australia. 24 February 1859. p. 2. Retrieved 25 September 2014.
  4. "General News". The Adelaide Express (SA : 1863 - 1866). SA: National Library of Australia. 21 October 1865. p. 3. Retrieved 31 October 2015.
Parliament of South Australia
Preceded by
Robert Gouger
John Jeffcott
Charles Mann
Member of the South Australian Legislative Council
1837–1838
Served alongside: Multiple Members
Succeeded by
George Gawler
George M. Stephen
Political offices
Preceded by
Robert Gouger
Colonial Secretary of South Australia
1837 1838
Succeeded by
George M. Stephen