George Thrush was born late in 1868, baptised 10th Jan. 1869 in Lyneham, son of Abraham Thrush and Ellen Haddrell. He was a grocer, and his older brother Benjamin Thrush (bapt. 12th Apr. 1863) was a greengrocer and fruitier. Together they were running the "New Road Stores". George married Fanny Haddrell in 1892 in Bristol.
George and Fanny had several children: Arthur Edwin (b.1894 registered Bedminster); Roland George (b.1895 registered Bedminster); Edith Gwendoline (b.1898 registered Bedminster); Leslie Alexander (b.1899 registered Chippenham); Florence Mary (b.1900); Winifred Doris (b.1901); Elizabeth Irene (b.1903); Frances Hilda (b.1905). It is clear from the list of children that the move to Chippenham occurred around 1898/99. By June 1899 he was advertising for an assistant in New Road, Chippenham.
In 1891 George was grocer's assistant and boarder at his cousin Elizabeth Haddrell's Draper's and grocery shop at 17 Deighton Street, St. James, Bristol, next to the Convent of Mercy & Orphanage. He later was to marry Elizabeth's sister, Fanny. In 1895 George had a grocer's shop in North Street, Bedminster, Bristol, and was advertising for a junior assistant. (Western Daily Press - Wednesday 31 July 1895 p.2.).
In this census (1891) Benjamin is in Desborough, Northants., a widower, gardener and domestic servant. His first wife Ellen Brooks to whom he married on 30th Jan. 1886 in Chippenham had died age 29 in February 1891 and was buried in Desborough on 28th. Their child Harold Trevelyan was being cared for by a neighbour. Benjamin married again to Rebecca Annie Johnson (b.1862 in Blackmore Ingaleston), in Ongar, Essex, later that year. By 1901 Benjamin had joined his brother's business in Chippenham with his wife and children Frederick John (b. 1893 Cranham, Essex); Anthony Charles (b.1894 Framfield, Sussex); Arthur George (b. 1896 Framfield, Sussex) and Lucy Mary (b. 1897 Hungerford, Berks.). They had three more sons in Chippenham: Albert Edward (b.1901); Harry Alastair (b. 1902) and Thomas Lawrence (b.1904) but by 1911 they had left Chippenham and Benjamin and his family had moved to 2 Alexandra Terrace, Bedale, North Riding of Yorkshire, where Benjamin was a domestic gardener once more, together with his sons Anthony and Arthur. In 1904 the Thrush brothers were appointed overseers for Chippenham Within.
By 1910 George had entered a deed of assignment to avoid bankruptcy and the premises at 9-10 New road were up for sale by tender, together with all the ironmongery stock-in-trade at cost or stock-book prices. (Western Daily Press - Saturday 19 February 1910 p.1.)
George Thrush with his
wife and family emigrated to Australia in 1911, arriving aboard the
"Torilla" on 10th October 1911. Fanny died in Queensland in 1933 and
George died in Brisbane on 18th Jan. 1943.
|2 Gallon Stone Jar|
|Impressed: THRUSH'S STORES /
Potter: Price 21 Bristol.