Thomas Stanes

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Thomas Stanes
Born6 January 1837
London, United Kingdom
Died30 January 1905
Coonoor, India
Resting placeAll Saints Church, Coonoor

Thomas Stanes (6 January 1837 30 January 1905) was an Anglo-Indian businessman and philanthropist.


Early life

Stanes was the sixth of nine children of James Stanes, a glass and china shipping merchant of London, and his wife Sarah Poultney Worth. After education at College House, Edmonton, London, he arrived at Madras, Tamil Nadu, India on 26 June 1855 on the MS Hindustan. He was the elder brother of the celebrated Anglo-Indian businessman Sir Robert Stanes. Both Thomas and Robert founded Stanes schools in Tamil Nadu, Robert at Coimbatore in 1862 and Thomas at Coonoor in 1858.

Stanes opened the Adderley Estate shortly after his arrival. He purchased the Colacumbie Coffee Estate in 1865. These two businesses eventually led to the formation of the company T. Stanes and Co. in 1886 by combining the interests of Robert and Thomas Stanes. The company expanded beyond the coffee business into manufacturing, agricultural machinery, agrichemicals and the motor trade. T. Stanes and Co. was still trading 125 years after its foundation, although it is no longer owned by the Stanes family.

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Stanes died after being thrown from his horse on 30 January 1905. His body has been buried at the All Saints Church, Coonoor.

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