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02-06-2006, 5:55 AM
I am looking for information on the following two people who visited Australia sometime in the late 1800s
(Sir) Henry Brasnell Tuson - was born in France in 1856 and died in England in 1916. His obituary mentions military service in the East and South Africa. And he became an aide-de-camp to Queen Victoria. I have a note that he "MAY" have visited a family member who owned a sugar plantation in Rockhampton. I have searched passenger lists to no avail so any clues will be gratefully appreciated.
William Haviland Tuson may have visited Australia in 1880. I am looking for information on the vessel, its port of embarkation and any family details of William. I think he may be from the same family line as Sir Henry.
02-06-2006, 3:23 PM
In the Queensland Pioneer Index (BDMs 1829-1889) there is this couple having children from 1868 to 1880 -- George TUSON and Mary Burgess TREGURTHA. Their marriage is not recorded in this time frame in Queensland.
There are no entries for that surname from 1882 (death of one child) to 1914 when the next cd ends.
29-07-2006, 12:03 AM
Sir Henry served in the Royal Marines, ending up as Commandant general at the turn of the 19th Century. His son, Harry Denison Tuson also served in the Marines. I am not aware of a visit by either to Australia, however, the Tuson who owned a sugar company was my great great Grandfather George Tuson. He was Sir Henry's elder brother, and they were sons of a Lieutenant James Tuson, a Royal naval Lieutenant who died about 1841.
The sugar company was, I believe, the Yeppoon Sugar Company near Rockhampton.
Harry Denison was also knighted and ended up a Major general in the Marines. I regret I know nothing else of their military careers.
I have some genealogical information on William Haviland Tuson which, if you want to send me your email address I can pass to you
30-07-2006, 1:37 AM
Great to hear from you.
A few years ago I exchanged emails with a lady in Rockhampton who was writing a history of the area including the Yeppoon sugar factory. One of her messages mentioned a visit to Rockhampton from a (Tuson) 'knight' who is presumed to be Sir Henry. I am also in contact with a person in England who has a friend living in Kenya descended from the George mentioned in your message.
12-05-2008, 7:32 PM
I don't know if you are still looking for information on William Haviland Tuson. He may be the same Tuson that I have been researching. My William Haviland Tuson was born in 1843 in Sussex, England. He was the son of Frederick Edward Tuson and Mary Luxmoore (her father was Bishop John Luxmoore). William Haviland married Mina Blanche Wallerstein (her father was consul general of Costa Rica in London) in Hereford, on Feb. 19, 1872. They had the following children -- Violet E.B. Tuson (1873), Evelyn Marian Tuson (1874); Elaine Tuson (1875) and Constance Frances Tuson (1878).
His wife left him in July, 1879, and they were divorced in 1880. In the 1881 census he is living with his parents. He had previously worked as a clerk in a bank but gave that job up in 1877 due to ill health. His wife, Mina, was the daughter of a very wealthy German coffee merchant, and his mother, Mary, also came from a very wealthy family, so between them, he probably was doing quite well financially.
I do not know what happened to him after 1881. He could most certainly have been the William Haviland Tuson who is buried in NZ. He would have been 41 if he had died in 1884, which could have been very likely if he was in ill health.
Hope this helps.
13-05-2008, 1:48 AM
Yes, this is the William I was searching for. Since I posted the request I have discovered a divorce notice in an old newspaper. And yes, he is buried in Christchurch in New Zealand. How about taking this off-forum and sharing whatever information we have on the family?
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