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Thomas Archibald a'Beckett

Melbourne University Boat Club (VIC)

1889 - Australian University Championships, Men's Eight three seat - Second

1891 - Australian University Championships, Men's Eight four seat - Second

The following obituary appeared in the Argus (Melbourne), 1 March 1930, p 18

Mr. Thomas Archibald a'Beckett, of the firm of a'Beckett, Chomley, and Henderson, solicitors. Little Collins street, died yesterday morning, after a short illness, at a private hospital in St. Kilda. A native of Victoria, Mr. a'Beckett was aged 62 years. He was a son of the late Sir Thomas a'Beckett, a judge of the Supreme Court of Victoria. He was educated at the Melbourne Grammar School and Trinity College, University of Melbourne. In 1889, 1892, 1893, and 1894 he represented Victoria at inter-colonial tennis, and he was a member of the University rowing crew in 1889 and 1891, being stroke of the crew on one occasion. The firm of a'Beckett and Chomley was founded by him, with Mr. H. R. F. Chomley, in 1894. Mrs. a'Beckett is the president of the Free Kindergarten Union of Victoria, of which Mr. a'Beckett was honorary solicitor. One of his three sons is Mr. E. L. a'Beckett, the Victorian cricketer, who is a member of the Australian 15 for England. The funeral will leave 14 Lansdowne road, East St. Kilda, at 11 o'clock this morning for the St. Kilda cemetery.

Steve Roll and Andrew Guerin
October 2020 (updated with obituary Dec 2022)

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