A note from New Zealand

The portrait above is of Thomas Fuller – a Justice of the Peace and Mayor of Bath in 1862.

He is also the ancestor of Thomas Sherwood Fuller who follows this website from his home in New Zealand.

Thomas writes:

Hello, Richard,

I continue to enjoy your writings. Your photographs are a welcome start to the day being 11 hours ahead of the UK.

Most of the challenges Bath is facing are similar to the challenges we are facing here as we try to reinvent ourselves as local entities. This weekend is Queens’ Birthday – a public holiday the first time we have been able to travel in our country as for the Easter holiday we were in full lockdown.

 Most of the businesses are open and have trimmed their prices to entice the New Zealanders to explore their country. We still have to keep two metres apart and record where we have been and wash our hands regularly.

Our government is cautious and we will not go to level one until 22 June 2020. Most of the redundancies appear to be hospitality and tourism-related. There is talk of a travel bubble with Australia but probably not until the July school holidays.

On a different note my book on my ancestors is coming on well with the assistance of my cousin in Bath and my cousin in London.

I attach a photograph of my ancestor Thomas Fuller 1 of Bath painted about 1823 when he married Mary Fuller. ( I am Thomas Fuller V) Thomas Fuller 1 was a JP and Mayor of Bath in 1862.

Thomas asks me to put him in touch with a local historian who might be familiar with events in the 1860s. I will do my best!