Bousfields Menswear Fremantle - Trading Times - Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm Saturday 9am - 4:30pm
C Ron Abernethy's Computer Services Perth
97 High Street
Tel: 08 9335 2288
Fax: 08 9335 1004
BOUSFIELD - THOMAS PERCIVAL
WAS BORN ON TH£. SRD MARCH 1878. AT LAAN£COORI£ VICTORIA. TH£
S£COND OF £l£VEN SONS BORN TO JOHN MONKHOUS£ AND MARY
£UZABE.TH BOUSFI£LJi) (NEE ROB£RTSON)
MR. JOHN MONKHOUS£ BOUSFI£LD OWNED A FOUNDRY AT £A6.L.£HAWK.
AT VARIOUS TIMES All HIS SONS WORK-lID IN THE. FOUNDRY; THE. ONl.Y
EXCEPTION WAS THOMAS.
On 27th May 1904, in Eaglehawk, Victoria, Thomas Percival Bousfield
married Minnie Cox.
The Bousfield's had three children. Roy died as an infant in 1908, Frank born
in 1909, joined his father into the business and EIsie their only daughter.
Research in 1905/1906 Fremantle Rate Books revealed that Mr. Bousfield owned
a cottage in Trafford Street, Beaconsfield. His occupation at the time was
described as Shopman. In 190711908 Fremantle Rate Book Thomas Bousfield is
registered as selling the cottage to a Mr. Morrison.
The 1910 Postal Directory shows Thomas Bousfield's address as Canning Road,
Richmond (now East Fremantle)
These dates are important in establishing when Thomas Percival Bousfield was a
resident in Western Australia.
A common story amongst family and friends is that in 1902 Thomas Bousfield
came to Western Australia with the intention of going on to the goldfields.
Apparently he was persuaded to stay in Fremantle with the suggestion selling
clothes to the prospectors would be more profitable than joining them. Family
members in the eastern states disagree, arguing it is doubtful if he would have
come over to West Australia, prior to his marriage.
Mr. Bousfield had a long association with a firm of tailors and mercers,
Wilkinson & Middleton, who were in business in Fremantle in 1902. Evidence
suggests that Thomas Bousfield started his career in men's clothing in the employ
of these gentlemen, but in 1905 rather than 1902.
In January 1909, J.S. Wilkinson (late ofWilkinson & Middleton) announced he
had moved to new premises at 98 (later 100) High Street. An advertisement in
1911 Postal Directory, states Bousfield & Middleton, Tailors have premises in
Canning Road Richmond. It is possible that the partnership of Wilkinson and
Middleton was dissolved for some reason and Mr. Middleton decided to join
The association was not a long one, for in February 1912 Purser and Bousfield
announce they have purchased the "long established and favourably known"
business of J.S.Wilkinson. The notice adds, "We feel confident that our long
association with the firm will enable us to maintain the reputation it has always