Willoughby, Thomas Oliver (Phillips)

Personal Details

First nameThomas
Middle nameOliver
Other namesPhillips
Place of birthEngland
Date of death07/11/1942
Age at death76 years


Real name Thomas Oliver Phillips
Son of Elizabeth Ann Willoughby
Husband of Mary Kate Dudley

Extracts from information supplied by Bill Phillips:

Elizabeth Ann Willoughby “married” three times. Once to a Thomas Phillips and they had four children including this Thomas Oliver. Thomas was killed in a mine accident, then a nephew of Thomas’s “moves in” with Elizabeth and they had a child – my grandfather – there is no record of a marriage.

Grandfather grew up not knowing he was not a full brother to the other four children until after his marriage.

Thomas Oliver marries Mary Kate Dudley, who on the BDM marriage record came from Ireland. They had one child a daughter registered as Annie, but who seems to have had two nicknames Kina and Kitty.

Annie has a child whilst unmarried in 1914, the father was a James Hayward Monro, but no father is listed on the birth certificate of the child who was registered as John Monro Phillips. Annie dies shortly after.

Thomas Oliver is so upset he tried to commit suicide, and as we were told “went away”. We were told to Western Australia but it seems to Muttaburra, where he lives and dies.

His occupation was a Bookmaker.

Phillips’s came from Cornwall. It seems that the Monro family were aware of the child of Annie, who was brought up under the name of Monro although being adopted by some family friends.

Whether Mary Kate followed Thomas Oliver to Muttaburra is not known and who put her in the grave with her daughter after 26 years is quite fascinating. Mary Kate Phillips was buried in Fawkner cemetery Melbourne with her daughter.

Thomas Oliver Phillips is my grandfather’s half- brother, but some of the above information is subject to verification.
[Information supplied by Bill Phillips]

Cemetery Record

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LocationNorth Eastern
Grave number176
AddressBruford Street
Date of funeral07/11/1942

Died from Senility

The Longreach Leader Saturday 14 November 1942
OBITUARY The death occurred early on Saturday morning in the Muttaburra Hospital, of Mr. Tom Willoughby, aged 74 years. Mr. Willoughby came to Muttaburra in 1913, and carried on his business as bootmaker until his death.
[Source: Muttaburra. (1942, November 14). The Longreach Leader (Qld. : 1923 – 1954), p. 16. Retrieved November 9, 2013, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article125070140]