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Atkinson, Thomas Fish

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Type of person Individual
Date of birth 1892
Place of birth Port Pirie
Principal occupation Baker and storekeeper
Date of death 1968
Place of decease Willunga

Thomas Fish (Tom) Atkinson was born on 30 June 1892 at Solomontown, Port Pirie. He was the third son of Robert Fish Atkinson (1857-1922) and Susan Whitelaw (1862-1918). He lived in Port Pirie (1892-1896) and at Willunga (1896-1968). He was a baker and storekeeper.

On 9 June 1906 (aged 14 years) he sat the Public Service examination, passed and qualified for appointment for the position of telegraph messenger. Thomas played for the Willunga football club in 1910

In 1923, after the death of Robert Fish Atkinson on 12 August 1922, Thomas Aldam Atkinson (executor) transferred the property at 44 High Street (lot 84) at the corner of High Street and Bishop Street) to Robert Francis Atkinson and Thomas Fish Atkinson. Frank and Tom ran the Atkinson’s store and bakery at 44 High Street from 1923 until Tom retired in 1967 (44 years). On Tom’s death in 1968 his half share went to his brother Frank (retired storekeeper) and in the same year Frank then transferred the whole of the property to Tom’s widow Hazel May.

Tom Atkinson married Hazel May Waye.

Tom died aged 76 years on 17 Feb 1968 at McLaren Vale and he is buried in the Uniting Church graveyeard at Willunga.


  • The Express and Telegraph 9 July 1906:4
  • The Advertiser 28 June 1935:21
  • The Advertiser 18 Aug 1935:17

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