Thomas Stoddart

Thomas Stoddart was a highly important mining engineer in Australia. He was born in 1828. He left Hawick Grammar School aged just 16. After being apprenticed as a joiner, when he was 20 years old, he joined the army for 5 years. Aged 25, he left for Australia, where he worked in the Ballaarat area, near Melbourne, as a miner. Through time, he became a speculator and Director of many Mining Companies. By the time he was 50 years old, he was a very wealthy man.  He is recorded to have subscribed to Hawick Common Riding in the 1880s. In 1905  he took a holiday trip across the ocean to Sorrento. On the return journey he was severely affected by the cool weather change, making him ill beyond recovery.

by Hannah Simpson