Thomas Bowman FAUNCE

Thomas Bowman FAUNCE (b. 1883- d. Greenslopes – May 1968 aged 85)(12 Seasons 1897 – 1908)

Australian War memorial records of Thomas Bowman FAUNCE

Thomas lived with his parents and 11 brothers and sisters, including Kenneth FAUNCE at 245 Main St, Kangaroo Point.

He played for Souths from 1897 to around 1908.

First Grade number 17.

Queensland First Class Representative player.

Served as Treasurer from 1905-1906.

WWI – Thomas joined the Australian Infantry Force as a private in 1915 where he served in the 3rd Machine Gun Company. He served in France and was gassed in 1917. Thomas was in and out of hospital before he was finally discharged from the AIF in 1917.

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Thomas Faunce sign on War Record T B Faunce record On Return from the war, Thomas also captained the Returned Soldiers Cricket Team in 1918

Thomas played 4 First Class matches for Queensland with figures of4 matches, 8 inns, 1 n.o., 141 runs @ 9.99, 37.HS

Thomas Faunce and WB ‘Billy’ Hayes still hold the First Wicket Partnership Record for the club at 290 runs v Valleys in 1905/06

Faunce Hayes record Score (The Newspaper story of the Hayes/Faunce record score)

Souths Figures-

1897-98 – 2 inns, 3 hs., 3 runs @ 1.50 ave 1898-99 – Not recorded in A Grade 1899-1900 2 inns, 1 no, 1* runs @ 1.00 ave

1900-1901 – Not recorded in A Grade

1901-1902 – 10 Inns, 2 n.o., 52 h.s., 114 runs @ 14.25 ave – Bowling 2 wickets, 62 runs @31.00

1902-1903 – 14 Inns, 3 n.o.’s, 54* h.s., 189 runs @ 17.18 ave, Bowling 11 Wickets / 128runs @ 11.63

1903-1904 – 14 inns, 1 n.o., 72 hs, 217 runs @ 16.69 ave, Bowling 7 runs, no wickets

1904-1905 – 16 inns, 1 n.o., 43 hs, 192 runs @12.80 ave, Bowling 3 wickets, 68 runs @22.66

1905-1906 – 13 inns, o n.o., 134 hs, 293 runs @ 22.53 ave, Bowling 20 runs no wickets.

1906-1907 – 18 inns, 3 n.o. 118 hs, 469 runs @ 31.26 ave, (Scores of 118, 110* & 66*), Bowling 7 wickets, 68 runs @ 9.71 ave

1907-1908 – 14 inns, 66 hs, 281 runs @ 20.07 ave, Bowling 6 runs, o wickets

A personal story from Mr Leigh Goldsmith who, as a child, met Tom Faunce in the 1960’s.

Tom Faunce pictured in the Daily Standard Newspaper in October 1923.

Faunce Newspaper image

NEWS – Recent contact was made by Professor Tom Faunce of the Australian National University who is a great (a couple of greats) nephew of Thomas and Kenneth Faunce. He has also researched articles relating to their common ancestor Alured Tasker FAUNCE who was a Police Magistrate in the early 1800’s after leaving the Army. He was credited with introducing cricket to Queanbeyan near Canberra and played in one of the first ever organised games in the 1830’s. He died in 1856 whilst fielding on the cricket field, dropping dead from a suspected heart attack.

Read the full article here.

Video Message from Professor Tom Faunce of the Australian National University and Great Grand Nephew of Thomas Bowman Faunce and Kenneth Faunce.