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Rev T C Makinson
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Thomas Cooper Makinson (1809-
Thomas Makinson was born in Manchester, England and educated at Cambridge University where he graduated with a BA in 1835. He was ordained Deacon on 16 August 1835, and Priested on 17 July 1836. In 1837 he married Sarah Ann Soulby and in the same year they sailed on the Siam, arriving in Sydney in January 1838. He was the first rector at St Thomas’s Anglican Church, Mulgoa, where he also set up a boarding school. After leaving Mulgoa in 1848, he took temporary charge of St Peters, Cooks River.
Makinson resigned his licence as an Anglican Clergyman on 21 February 1848, having converted to Catholicism.
He then taught at the lay school that was attached to St Mary’s seminary and later at St Mary’s College, Lyndhurst.
In 1858 Makinson took his family to Belgium where he supported them by tutoring. In 1856 the family returned to Sydney. At this time he taught at Lyndhurst until about 1860,
as well as acting as Archbishop Polding’s secretary, a position he held until Polding’s death in 1877. At this time his eyesight was failing and Archbishop Vaughan gave him a pension. He completely lost his sight in 1883. He lived at Gladesville from about 1860 until his death on 7 November 1893. He was buried from Villa Maria, in St Charles Cemetery, Ryde. His wife, who had died in 1873, is also buried in St Charles cemetery.
They had 12 children:
Mary E born 1839 died 1839
Henry Massey born 1840 died 1913
Mary T born 1842 died 1897
Edith born 1843 died 1931
Joseph Frances born 1844 died 1905
William A born 1845 died 1845
Leonard born 1846 died 1925
Agnes Jane born 1848 died 1927
Lucy born 7/121850 died 1915
Victor born 18?? died 1857
Miriam Josepha born 1854 died 1896
Phillip J born 1860 died 1921
Henry Massey taught at Lyndhurst before establishing a law firm in Sydney.