Thomas, son of John and Sarah (née Turpin) Ellis, was born on 24 September 1843 at Elstead, Surrey, England. He arrived in Australia in January 1855 at the age of 11 with his mother, father, three brothers and two sisters.
He married Ellen, dauthter of William and Mary Ann (née Beechey) Bickers on 12 January 1870 at Connewarre. They had the following children born at Mount Duneed:
Mary — born 1870, married George Walker, died in 1945
Martha — born 1872, married G Brown
Minnie — born 1874, married Francis Renshaw
Thomas — born 1875, served in France during WW1, died 13 October 1946, buried in the Church of England section of the Geelong Western Cemetery with his wife Mabel Beatrice.
George — born 1877, died 22 July 1903 at Mount Duneed, buried in the Church of England section of the Mount Duneed Cemetery
Annie — born 1878, married Stephen William Aikman
Edith — born 1881, married Henry Nelson
Alice — born 1882, married George Grahman Craig
Rose — born 1885, married Arthur Brewer
William — born 1888, married Mabel Allen, died 1972 at Geelong
Francis — born 1890, married Alice Florence Spendlove in 1914, died 14 June 1865 in a car accident close to Barwon Heads, buried in the Methodist section of the Geelong Eastern Cemetery
Frank and Alice moved to Barwon Heads in 1929. Frank was involved in many activities in the town — football cricket and golf and also the local progress association. He owned a fruit shop with a billiard parlour at the back. He also ran a kiosk near the Barwon Heads bridge in summer where a cone ice cream could be purchased for a penny, threepence and sixpence. He was the first captain of the Barwon Heads Fire Brigade. He built and hired row boats which were moored at the Ozone Jetty. The Frank Ellis Reserve near the bridge was named in his honour.
Alice died 5 April 1949 and was buried with him.
Allen — born 1892, served in France during WW1, married Alice Matilda Momm, died 2 November 1960 at Fitzroy, buried in the Church of England section of the Mount Duneed Cemetery
Thomas and Ellen lived in a weatherboard house on 27 acres near the corner of McCanns and Horseshoe Bend Roads. When Thomas died it was described as small and dilapidated.
Thomas died on 26 July 1923 and was buried in the Church of England section at the Mount Duneed Cemetery. Ellen died on 19 August 1945 and was buried with him. Their son George, who died at the age of 26, was buried next to them.
The grave of William and Mabel Ellis next to the grave of their son George
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