Burial register ID: 13798
Surname: WHITSON
First name: THOMAS
Middle names: WILLIAM
Gender: Male
Age: 75 Years
Cause of death: Unknown
Burial type:
Date of death: 21-Apr-1922
Date of burial: 22-Apr-1922

Block: 194
Plot: 23

In Loving Memory of

Isabel Hay

Loved Wife of

T W Whitson

Born London 1848

Died Dunedin 1905

Thomas William


Husband of the Above

Born Haddington

Near Edinburgh 1847

Died Dunedin 1922

Forrestina Muriel

Loved Wife of

Captain J C S


Died August 1933

In Loving Memory of

Lilian M H Whitson

Died January 18th 1949

On separate plaque:-

In Loving Memory of

Geraldine Winifred Wilson

(nee Doorly)

Wife of the Late

Charles Grigor Wilson

Born Dunedin 8th August 1913

Died Dunedin 9th May 1997

Bio contributor: Contributed by Ian Johnstone

Born in Haddington on 27 January 1847. Had his business training in Edinburgh and London before coming to Dunedin in 1875. Joined the Union Steamship Company in 1879 and from 1891 was their secretary. Thomas was a founder and vice-president of the Dunedin Shakeseare Club, whose study he directed. A plaque and memorial tree planted in the Shakespeare Garden in the Dunedin Botanic Gardens. Married Isabella Hay Grant on 2 August 1876 in Dunedin. Had a great library in his home, “Rosebank”, at 582 George Street, Dunedin, and the first grand piano in Dunedin. Fire destroyed the top floor of the house, and many treasures, including a pen given to him by Robert Louis Stevenson with which he had written ‘Treasure Island’ and much of his work. Thomas wrote ‘A cruise in the Islands: Tonga, Samoa, Fiji’,in 1895 published by Wilkie in Dunedin. They had six children.

There are 5 Interments in this grave:

Surname First names Age Date of death Date of burial
WHITSON DOUGLAS MCLEAN 66 Years 08-Apr-1951 10-Apr-1951
WHITSON ISABELLA 57 Years 01-Jul-1905 02-Jul-1905
WHITSON LILLIAN MARY HAY 72 Years 18-Jan-1949 20-Jan-1949
WHITSON THOMAS WILLIAM 75 Years 21-Apr-1922 22-Apr-1922
WILSON GERALDINE WINIFRED 83 Years 09-May-1997 14-May-1997