James Thomas (Tom) Thorburn (1860-1935), around 1932 / La Dore
1 photoprint : b & w ; 14 x 9 cm.
Studio name printed on bottom edge of: La Dore.
The Reverend James Thomas (Tom) Thorburn (1860-1935) was a Minister of the Presbyterian Church of New South Wales, ordained in 1892. He was the youngest son of Scots emigrants Robert Thorburn and Jessie Catherine McKenzie, born on the family dairy farm Barr Hill at Jasper's Brush in the Shoalhaven district of New South Wales. Following his marriage to Miriam Macgillivray in 1892 he was appointed to the parish of Tenterfield (1893-1895). From Tenterfield he went to Walcha, then Palmer Street, Woolloomooloo, Gloucester, Eskbank and finally, Blayney (1920-1932) He retired from Blayney and went to live with his unmarried sisters at Meroogal in Nowra. He died on 4 March 1935 while on a visit to his old parish of Blayney.
Photograph published in the Sydney Morning Herald 2 July 1932, p.7 in 'The Churches' column under the headline "Blayney Minister retires".
Caroline Simpson Library & Research Collection ; Thorburn family papers