Thomas Holmes suffered from gold fever. Taking his young family from Hexham, NSW to California in 1849 proved a trial and a disappointment. On his return, he soon headed for the new goldfields in Victoria with no more luck, unlike James Whitfield who arrived from Workington, England in 1857 and made a small fortune. It provided the nucleus of his future wealth from his Workington enterprises. Cephus Scrivener made enough money from the Victorian diggings to travel round the world in style but gold fever took him to Thames, New Zealand and cost him the life of his wife and first son.
The Life and Times of Thomas Adam, Hunter pioneer and citizen
Published 1998 ISBN 0 646 34952 X
Thomas Adam was a remarkable young man who seized the opportunities for advancement after his arrival in Sydney from Ayrshire, Scotland in 1838. Difficult economic times did not deter him in his pursuit of an independent living as a cabinet maker, then Lake Macquarie timber cutter, Newcastle builder, producer of barges for the coal trade on Bullock Island, Raymond Terrace timber miller and New England tin miner. His role in public life was also impressive as a member of the first Newcastle Council, candidate for the Legislative Assembly, Raymond Terrace Mayor, education reformer and general political and economic pundit.
Adam & Beyond Supplement Published 2009 ISBN 09578 50 35
These books followed the publication of ‘Uncommon Endeavour’ in 1998, the story of Thomas and Rebecca Adam. Unlike Thomas Adam, his children took on safe careers in the railways, which provided security for their families mainly in the Hunter district. They benefited from Thomas Adam’s vision to pave the way for a better life for his descendants in the rapidly developing colony of NSW.