Walter Henry Box

Author: D Duff
Date published: 29/01/2022

Walter Henry Box
He was born on 21 August 1874 in The Butts, Frome, Somerset, the second son of Henry John Box and Maria Box, nee Thomason. His father's occupation at the time of his birth was Woollen Weaver. In the early 19th century the wool industry continued to flourish in Frome but later in the 19th century it declined. Both the Box and Thomason families worked in the woollen industry. Between 1871 and 1881 the family moved to Newbury living in Shrewsbury Terrace. At the time of Walter Henry's tragic drowning at the age of 5 years on 27 June 1880 his father's occupation was recorded at the inquest as a Travelling Bookseller.
In 1883 the family went to Australia on the assisted passage scheme. Their third son Wesley died on board ship (Duke of Buccleuch) the day before their arrival at Cooktown on 11 April 1883. Research found that in 1908 Henry John Box had returned to the woollen industry as a loomturner in Ipswich, Queensland.

Sources: Birth and Death Certificates; Newbury Weekly News 1 July 1880; Reading Mercury 3 July 1880.
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