Atkinson, Thomas Fish (“Tom”)

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Thomas Fish Atkinson – Baker and storekeeper

Thomas Fish (Tom) Atkinson was born on 30 June 1892 at Solomontown, Port Pirie. He was the third son of Robert Fish Atkinson (1857-1922) and Susan Whitelaw (1862-1918). He lived in Port Pirie as a child (1892-1896) and then at Willunga (1896-1968).

On 9 June 1906 (aged 14 years) Tom sat the Public Service examination, passed and qualified for appointment for the position of telegraph messenger. Thomas played for the Willunga football club in 1910.

In 1923, after the death of his father Robert Fish Atkinson on 12 August 1922, Thomas Aldam Atkinson (executor) transferred the property at Atkinson’s Bakery 44 High Street (lot 84) at the corner of High Street and Bishop Street) to Robert Francis Atkinson and Thomas Fish Atkinson. Frank and Tom ran the Atkinson’s store and bakery at 44 High Street from 1923 until Tom retired in 1967 (44 years).

Tom Atkinson, aged 46 years, married Hazel May Waye (1908-1994), aged 30 years, on 21 April 1938 at the Minister’s residence at Payneham. She was the daughter of James Moore Waye (1867-1956) and Laureen Male (1869-1962). Tom and Hazel had no children.

Tom died aged 76 years on 17 Feb 1968 at McLaren Vale and he is buried in the Uniting Church graveyard at Willunga. On Tom’s death his half share of the property went to his brother Frank (retired storekeeper) and in the same year Frank then transferred the whole of the property to Tom’s widow Hazel May.


South Australian Births – Index of Registrations 1842-1906,
South Australian Marriages – Index of Registrations 1842-1937,
South Australian Deaths – Index of Registrations 1842-1972,
Willunga National Trust Blue Folder – Family Histories Vol. 40-1 A,B
Ancestry (online)
SA Genealogy database (online)
SAILIS (online) CT 232/176
1906 “COMMONWEALTH GAZETTE“, The Express and Telegraph 9 July, p. 4. (4 O’CLOCK EDITION.), viewed 09 Jan 2024,
1935 ‘Writ Against Company And 20 Others‘, The Advertiser 26 June, p. 21. , viewed 09 Jan 2024,
1935 ‘MAINTENANCE DENIED‘, The Advertiser 16 August, p. 17. , viewed 09 Jan 2024,

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