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Makepeace family of Moggill

Thomas Tindale Makepeace, a coal hewer, married his wife Hannah Fryar in Haltwhistle, Northumberland on 13 February 1847. They had four children and migrated from Gosforth, arriving in Australia in 1857 and eventually settling in Moggill where Hannah’s brother, William Fryar, had set up home some years previously. Thomas worked at the Redbank Coal Mines but after an accident which rendered him unfit as a coal miner, he turned to farming. His farm was once described as “a pattern of neatness and comfort ... it had an air of the well-to-do and successful farmer”.

Thomas and his son were foundations members of the Moggill Methodist Church: the first service was conducted by a preacher from the Albert Street Methodist Church in the barn of Thomas and Hannah in December 1856. Thomas and Hannah celebrated their Diamond Wedding at Moggill in 1907.

Both Thomas and Hannah are buried in Moggill Cemetery. Their grandson, Edgar Gordon Makepeace went to Moggill State School and then Ipswich Grammar. He served in the A.I.F on the Western Front in WWI, As a Lance Corporal in the 41st Infantry Battalion, he was killed in action on Passchendaele Ridge on 5 October 1917. He is remembered on the Menin Gate Memorial.

This information was compiled by Neville Marsh, from the following sources:
Goeldner Family Tree:; URL:; viewed 22 February 2014
Moggill Historical Society; A Time to Remember Descendants of Moggill Pioneers Souvenir Booklet; URL viewed 30 January 2014
National Library of Australia: Trove digitized newspaper collection. URL:
Sugars, Bruce; 16 January 1997. URL viewed 1 February 2014