Thomas Dickinson

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Thomas Dickinson was a local councillor and mayor.



Thomas Dickinson ran a slaughter yard on the corner of Albert Street and Docwra Street, Sebastopol.[1] He was elected to the first Sebastopol Council on 12 December 1864 and was Mayor for 1868/71.[2] He was still in office at the time of his death in 1906.

Thomas Dickinson was a member of the Old Colonists' Association.[3]

In 1915 the Age reported that his cousin, Frank G. Stephens had been wounded in action.[4]


Former Mayor of Sebastopol: 1867-1868, 1870-1871, 1887-1888, 1896-1897, 1903-1904[5]


Mayor’s Report. ... It is with profound regret I have to report the death of our highly respected colleague, Councillor Thomas Dickinson. The sad event occurred a few hours after our last meeting of the council, which was honored by the presence of the veteran councillor. His career as a councillor was exemplary, and his valuable advice and sound judgment in all matters pertaining to the welfare of the municipality were invaluable to younger councillors. His genial face and kindly nature will be sadly missed at our meetings, as well as the able manner in which the de ceased gentleman took part in the de liberations of the council. After serving the ratepayers during a term of 42 years, our late colleague has passed away with his municipal honors thick upon him, having occupied the mayoral chair on five different occasions. I feel sure I am voicing the feelings of every councillor in stating that we all very deeply deplore the great loss we have sustained in the death-of our lamented fellow-councillor. I recommend that a framed letter of condolence be sent to Mrs Dickinson and family, expressing the syrnpathy of the council in their sad bereavement.[6]

It came as a painful shock to the community this morning when it was announced that Cr. Thomas Dickinson, J.P., of Sebastopol, had died, suddenly at his residence at two o'clock this morning. The deceased gentleman only last night attended the ordinary meeting of the Sebastopol Borough Council and took part in several discussions. He then appeared fairly well, and was bright and cheerful. Heart failure, it is believed, was the cause of his death. He had been attended by a medical man, therefore no enquiry will be necessary. Flags through-out the borough are at half-mast as a token of respect to the deceased. The late Mr. Dickinson was born in 1834 in Leicestershire, England, and was therefore 72 years of age. In 1856 he came to Victoria, and after visiting the Daylesford diggings he came to Ballarat in 1857, and in 1864 he purchased a slaughterman's yards at Sebastopol, and had carried on business there ever since, possessing, as he did, one of the largest slaughtering establishments in the Ballarat district. His premises are situated on the Ballarat and Geelong main road, at the south end of Sebasto-pol, and he did considerable business with graziers throughout the Western district.
For over 40 years Mr. Dickinson had been a councillor of the borough of Sebastopol, the ratepayers being so satisfied with his efforts that they continuously elected him year after year. He had filled the mayoral chair on several occasions. In 1869 he was gazetted a jus-tice of the peace for the Southern bailiwick, his judgments being at all times distinguished for theirs justice and mercy. Deceased was connected with many charitable institutions, and was known for his many acts of philanthropy. He was well liked and universally; esteemed by everyone.
In mining Mr. Dickinson always took an active interest, and was connected with many well-known ventures in the Ballarat district. He was a past-master of the Sebastopol Masonic Lodge, and was interested in all matters connected with this organisation.
Deceased leaves a grown up family to mourn the loss of a beloved-father and one of Ballarat's foremost pioneer residents.[7] The will of Thomas Dickinson, late of Sebastopol, slaughterman, who died on 12th July last, was filed for probate yesterday. Testator left real nd per sonal estate valued at £27,638 to his widow and children.

The will of Thomas Dickinson, late of Sebastopol, slaughterman, who died on 12th July last, was filed for probate yesterday. Testator left real and personal estate valued at £27,638 to his widow and children.[8]

See also

Mayors of Sebastopol



  1. Reminiscences of Bob Bennett, great grandson of Thomas Dickison, May 2018.
  2., accessed 15 March 2013.
  3. Reminiscences of Bob Bennett, great grandson of Thomas Dickison, May 2018.
  4. 1915 'CAREERS OF THE FALLEN.', The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954), 10 June, p. 11, viewed 8 November, 2014,
  5. Jenkins, E.D., Sebastopol Victoria: An Historical Survey of Early Sebastopol, 1864-1964, SP, 1964.
  6. Ballarat Star, 03 August 1906.
  7. Geeolong Advertiser, 21 July 1906.
  8. Ballarat Star, 12 NOvember 1906.

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--Sallyanne Doyle 13:07, 3 February 2013 (EST)

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