Obituary: Memoir of Thomas Southwell

Published on 01 June 1909 in Obituaries

ONE after another, zoologists, like all other mortals, drop out of the ranks, and enter into their rest. At this moment all who knew Thomas Southwell, of Norwich, are feeling the loss of a good friend. Born at King’s Lynn, June 15th, 1831–one of ten children–he spent nearly his whole life in his native county, dying at his home in Norwich, September 5th, 1909.A love of natural history developed in him very early, and as a boy all available time out of school was spent wandering about collecting eggs, etc. ; he possessed also a great taste for practical mechanics. In 1846 he entered the Lynn branch of Gurney’s (now Barclay’s) Bank, where his father was at the time chief cashier. I n 1851 he read his first paper before the ” Lynn Conversazione and Society of Arts,” choosing as his subject ” Carbon.” The following year he moved to the Fakenham branch of the bank. In 1853 began a correspondence between Southwell and Professor Alfred Newton, which developed into a friendship,* terminated only by the death of the latter fifty-four years later. I n the same year he was made a Life Fellow of the Royal Botanical Society of Edinburgh, and shortly afterwards he left the bank and joined his brother Charles, then managing partner in Castell and Brown, a firm of wholesale confectioners in London. His health, however, gave way, and he returned to Lynn in 1866, and in the following year he re-entered Gurney’s Bank at Norwich,

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