Thomas Curphey (1846-1940)

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Thomas Curphey was born 25 May 1858 at Ramsay (Isle of Man) to Edward Curphey (c1806-?) and Ann nee Caley.

Thomas Curphey worked at the Phoenix Foundry in 1885, position unknown.

Thomas Curphey was an engineer and ironfounder operating from premises on Lydiard Street, Ballarat in 1887.[1]

Thomas Curphey died 4 March 1946 in his home on Barkly Avenue, Burnley (Victoria, Australia). He is buried in Boroondara Cemetery, Kew.

Mr. Thomas Curphey one of the first general merchants to begin business in Victoria died on Monday at his home in Barkly avenue, Burnley. He was 94.
Mr. Curphey was born at Ramsay, Isle of Man and went to South America in his early twenties as an apprentice boilermaker. He came to Australia about 65 years ago and joined the Phoenix Foundry, Ballarat, and was later one of the founders of Cowley’s Eureka Iron Works. He set up business in Richmond in the 1890’s as general merchant and supplier of builders materials, and until two years ago took an active part in the management.
Mr. Curphey is survived by one daughter, three grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.[2]




--+ Jane Curphey (c1799-?)

--+ Edward Curphey (c1806-?) married Ann Caley

--.--+ Edward Curphey (1835-?)

--.--+ Anne Curphey (1837-?)

--.--+ Jane Curphey (1840-?)

--.--+ Thomas Edward Curphey (Snr) (1846-1940 buried in Boroondara Cemetery aged 94) married Emily Ernestine McCaskie (b.28 May 1848 Douglas, Isle of Mann - D1927 Westcraig, Richmond)

--.--.--+ Annie Maud Curphey (1878-1880)

--.--.--+ Emily Florence Curphey (1880-1961 aged 68) married 1914 Walt Burton Andrew[3]

--.--.--+ Thomas Edward Curphey (Jnr) (1881 b Ballarat-1882)

See also

Curphey's Foundry

Phoenix Foundry



  1. Rogers, J. W. F. (ed.). (c. 1887). The Australasian Federal Directory of Commerce, Trades & Professions. Melbourne: J. W. F. Rogers.
  2. The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956), Wednesday 6 March 1940, page 9.
  3. Victorian Marriage Registration.

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--Beth Kicinski 16:54, 29 December 2012 (EST); --Clare K.Gervasoni 18:06, 14 February 2021 (AEDT)

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