From The Launceston Examiner (Tasmania), 27 December 1947
Obituary – Mr Thomas W. Newton
The death occurred at his home, Florence Street, Moonah, Hobart, on Christmas Day of Mr Thomas William Newton at the age of 69. Mr Newton had an outstanding sporting career, particularly in tennis, while bowls, cricket, billiards and angling found him a keen exponent. Born at Longford, Mr Newton spent his early years at Cressy. He joined the staff of The Advocate, Burnie, as a journalist, and subsequently went to Hobart as the travelling representative of The Examiner.
Mr Newton represented the North in cricket against the South. On moving to Hobart he joined the old Break O’Day team. In 1909, he married Mercy McGough, daughter of Mr and Mrs Robert McGough.
In 1921, he entered business at the Hobart Sport Depot in partnership with Captain Martelli. Subsequently he bought out Captain Martelli’s interests and moved from Elizabeth Street to Collins Street. In 1923, he joined the firm of Burrows and Meek, with whom he remained until the time of his death.
Partnered by James McGough, John Hudson, Walter Stephens and RobertBerriman, Mr Newton had the distinction of winning the Tasmanian men’s doubles championship on 13 occasions. He was also a member of the state teams which contested the Australasian Championships at Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.
Later Mr Newton took up bowls, joining the Buckingham Club, and became an A-grade player. He was an expert billiards and snooker player, having been Tasmanian champion of the C.T.A. Club on more than one occasion.
He leaves a widow, daughter Phyllis (Mrs Neil Ricketts) and two sons, Messrs Robert and Tom Newton.
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