James Francis Thomas
James Francis Thomas
James Francis Thomas (1899)
|Born||25 July 1861|
St Marys, New South Wales, Australia
|Died||11 November 1942 (aged 81)|
Boonoo Boonoo, New South Wales, Australia
|Occupation||Solicitor, newspaper proprietor|
As Major Thomas, he defended Lieutenants Peter Joseph Handcock, George Ramsdale Witton, and Harry "Breaker" Morant, of the Bushveldt Carbineers (BVC) of the British Army, in their trial for the murder of nine Boer prisoners-of-war during the Second Boer War.
He was (unconditionally) admitted to practise as a solicitor on 28 May 1887.
He was also the owner-operator of the Tenterfield Star newspaper for sixteen years, from 1898.
- "Major Thomas Defended Breaker Morant". Australians at War. Department of Veterans' Affairs (Australia). 2001. Retrieved 6 February 2015.
- Captain J. F. Thomas, The Daily Telegraph, (Wednesday, 21 February 1900), p.7.
- Public Notices: James Francis Thomas, The Sydney Morning Herald, (Thursday, 26 May 1887), p.2; Public Notices: James Francis Thomas, The Sydney Morning Herald, (Friday, 27 May 1887), p.2;
- Supreme Court Proceedings: Admission of Attorneys, Australian Town and Country Journal, (Saturday, 4 June 1887), p.14; Law Report: Supreme Court: Saturday, 28 May: Admission of Attorneys, The Sydney Morning Herald, (Monday, 30 May 1887), p.4.
- Brief Mention, The Richmond River Herald and Northern Districts Advertiser, (Friday, 23 Sep 1898), p.4.
- Murphy, Damien, "Breaker Morant Relics Found on Rubbish Tip", The Sydney Morning Herald, 22 April 2016.
- New State of Provinces?, The Richmond River Express and Casino Kyogle Advertiser, (Wednesday, 27 August 1924), p.3.
- N. S. Wales Doubting Thomas: Life Struggles of Spirited Lawyer: Man Who Fought Kitchener" Thentefield Solicitor Remains in Gaol on Principle, Smith's Weekly, (Saturday, 11 June 1927), p.11.
- Struck off the Rolls, Casino and Kyogle Courier and North Coast Advertiser, (Wednesday, 14 Mar 1928), p.3.
- Tenterfield's Fighting Solicitor, Smith's Weekly, (Saturday, 8 September 1928), p.4.
- Unkles, James, Ready, Aim, Fire : Major James Francis Thomas, the Fourth Victim in the Execution of Lieutenant Harry "Breaker" Morant, Sid Harta Publishers, (Glen Waverley), 2018. ISBN 978-1-9252-3050-5
- Witton, G.R., Scapegoats of the Empire, Angus & Robertson, (Sydney), (1907).
- Anonymous (23 June 2015). "Cemeteries". www.tenterfield.nsw.gov.au. Retrieved 21 April 2017.
- James Francis Thomas – The Man Who Defended Breaker Morant, The Australian Light Horse Association.
- Major James Thomas, The Australian Boer War Memorial, Anzac Parade Canberra.
- Boer War Nominal Roll: James Francis Thomas.
- Opinion of the Hon. Isaac A. Isaacs, K.C., M.P., re the case of Lieutenant Witton, 1902, Melbourne : [s.n.]