Thomas Spencer Junior
Born Rouchel Brook 1842
Died Muswellbrook 1917
Thomas Spencer (JP) was born at Binjeberry Station at Rouchel in 1842. His birth appears not to have been registered. Thomas was the eldest of 12 children born to Thomas Snr and Mary Spencer nee Stark. Thomas was 27 years of age when he married his 1st wife, Rebecca Hooper. Rebecca was 19. Together they had 10 children, the last two being twins, George and Una who passed away within 17 days of their birth. He remarried Mary Pritchard nee Hayne in 1886. Three children resulted from this union, 2 daughters, Eugenie, Gladys and a son, Reginald, who died in infancy. Thomas, along with three of his brothers, Matthew, John and Absalom, moved his family to Cuttabunda about 1870. Two of Thomas & Rebecca’s children Alfred Bokhara - born 1876 and Elisabeth (Elsie) - born 1878 had their birth’s registered at Bourke, probably indicating that they were born at Cuttabunda. Eight of their children being born at Scone / Rouchel. Thomas, Rebecca and the children appear to be in residence at Cuttabunda from 1876-1879.
Upon his return to Rouchel, Thomas was directly involved in the push to start a school, and in 1880 Rouchel Vale Provisional School was opened. An 1880’s provisional school required the parents and citizens to provide the school building and the Dept of Public Instruction provided the teacher, books and other materials. The school was located at St John's Church of England Church which was located on Spencer owned land.
On the 2nd August 1883 Thomas was appointed a Justice of the Peace by his Excellency the Govenor to be a magistrate of the colony.
He passed away on 29th September 1917.