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Thomas Wren Faulkner
Cooma 1876

THOMAS WREN FAULKNER was born in Mohill, County of Leitrim, Ireland, in 1840, arriving in New South Wales in 1863. He went to Araluen, where he conducted a general and auctioneering business, which he disposed of to take up his residence in Cooma on 28th May, 1876. There, at the corner of Sharp and Bombala Streets he founded a general merchant's business, which he conducted till his death. In all matters tending to the progress of the town and the betterment of then existing conditions he evidenced very great interest and energy. He was an Alderman in the first Council elected after the incorporation of Cooma as a Municipal District, and was elected Mayor in 1888, a position which he also filled in 1889, 1895-6-7 and 8. He was a member of the Hospital Committee for many years, and on several occasions occupied the Presidential chair. He took an active part in the agitation which centered round the selection of a site for a railway station, and was largely instrumental in obtaining the final selection of the present position. He was Mayor when the official opening of the railway extension took place in 1889. He brought about the establishment in Cooma of the K. Company of the 2nd Regiment of Volunteer Infantry in which, holding a commission, he was raised to the rank of Major. He was a member of the first Monaro Shire Council.

"BACK TO COOMA" Felix Mitchell 1926 Page 77 - Transcribed by Pattrick Mould 2002 


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