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Rev T Donkin
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Rev. Thomas Donkin 26/5/1800 – 25/11/1890. Rev, Donkin was born on 26 May, 1800 at Hunmanby, Yorkshire.
He was admitted ‘Sizar’ at St Catherine’s College, Cambridge on 21 May, 1829 and Matriculated Michaelmas Term 1838. He received his Batchelor of Divinity Degree in 1839. During this time he was Curate of Holy Trinity Church, Huddersfield and Curate of the Parish Church, Stokesay. 1839 – 1840 he was Chaplain to the Isle of Thanet Union and Chaplain to the Romford Union 1841 – 1849. He was the Preacher of St Boniface, Bunbury in Cheshire from 1849 – 1853.
On 2 April, 1833 Rev. Donkin married Harriet Marston, daughter of the Rector, Stokesay, in St John the Baptist Church.
Their children were:
Sarah Ann 1833 – 1932
Thomas Clarke – 1835 – before 1914
Harriet Elizabeth – 1837 – 1928
Frederick William – 1839 – 1914
Edwin Davis – 1841 -
Henry, Knight of Cc – 1843 – c1911
John Boyd – 1848 – 1920
Francis Marion – 1850 -
In 1853 the family sailed for Australia, leaving behind their eldest son, Clarke, who later became a lecturer at Cambridge University.
Rev. Donkin’s first appointment in Sydney was as Chaplain to the Darlinghurst goal. He remained there until he was appointed Incumbent of St Bartholomew’s, Prospect in 1855. He was the first Minister to live in its Rectory, which, as suggested by Bishop Broughton on 16 August 1836, was built about half way between Prospect and Seven Hills. The land, about 11 acres (4.4Ha), was donated by the widow of Nelson Simmons Lawson. This land was sub-
The 1863 Australian Almanac, in Ecclesiastical Lists, page 117, lists Rev. Donkin as being at Prospect and Seven Hills in the Diocese of Sydney.
8 March 1864 he is listed in the Western Post and Mudgee Newspaper as being in the Diocese of Sydney, and receiving an allowance of 200 pounds per annum. http://addison.homedns.org/transcriptions/others/transcripts/others%20page%209.html
Rev. and Mrs Donkin retired to their new home ’The Hermitage’ at Kurrajong. Mrs Donkin died in 1889 and Rev. Donkin died in 1890. They are buried in the churchyard of St. Stephens, Kurrajong.
Source: Prospect Heritage Trust records