Thomas Speed

Male8 October 1870–25 June 1944

Brief Life History of Thomas

When Thomas Speed was born on 8 October 1870, in Port Lincoln, South Australia, Australia, his father, John Speed, was 37 and his mother, Julia Kennedy, was 35. He married Maude Ethel Heyward on 31 May 1905, in Port Lincoln, South Australia, Australia. They were the parents of at least 7 sons and 3 daughters. He died on 25 June 1944, at the age of 73, and was buried in Happy Valley Cemetery, Happy Valley, South Australia, Australia.

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Family Time Line

Thomas Speed
Maude Ethel Heyward
Marriage: 31 May 1905
Edward Russell 'Ted' Speed
Daniel Kennedy Speed
Thomas Heyward 'Tom' Speed
Lionel Osmond Speed
Robert Radburn Speed
Peter Lawrence Speed
Sheila Isabell Speed
John Raymond Speed
Kathleen Maude Speed
Phyllis Mary Speed

Sources (1)

  • Thomas Speed, "Find A Grave Index"

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    31 May 1905Port Lincoln, South Australia, Australia
  • Children (10)

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    Parents and Siblings

    Siblings (9)

    +4 More Children

    World Events (7)


    Age 7

    Australia and England play the first-ever cricket Test match in Melbourne.


    Age 22

    Coolgardie gold-field is discovered.


    Age 31

    First Federal election.

    Name Meaning

    English: nickname from Middle English sped ‘success, prosperity, wealth, smooth progress’ (hence the modern meaning ‘swiftness’); also ‘speed, quickness’ (Old English sped), used either for a fortunate, wealthy, or successful person, or for a swift runner.

    Irish (Mayo): when not the English name, adopted for Gaelic Ó Fuada, from fuad ‘haste’ (see Foody ).

    Americanized form (translation into English) of German and Jewish (Ashkenazic) Schnell .

    Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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