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TREVILLIAN QUAY
Feature NameTREVILLIAN QUAY
SuburbKINGSTON
Gazettal Date19 November 2009
Commemorated NameTREVILLIAN
OriginPowerhouse supervisor, Kingston pioneers

Thomas Henry Trevillian (1884-1962)
Christina Trevillian nee Nilsson (1884-1968)
Tom and Christina Trevillian were among the first residents of Kingston.

Tom was appointed a position as shift engineer with the Powerhouse in 1919.

They first lived in Queanbeyan then moved to Canberra in January 1922 into one of the first 10 brick government cottages built in Canberra. They lived there until 1929 while Tom built himself a house in Jardine Street, the postal address was "The Powerhouse via Eastlake". In Jardine Street, Tom and Christina raised their three sons Thomas Henry, Jack Nilsson and Trevor Glen.

Thomas Henry (Tom) Trevillian was born in Williamstown, Victoria. He married Christina Nilsson in 1911.

In 1928 he was promoted from engineer to Powerhouse supervisor. He retired from that post in 1951 aged 67. Tom built the whistle that blew at the Powerhouse at 8am, 12 noon and 5 pm daily from bits of scrap.

Tom was involved in community and sporting organisations. He was a member of the district progress association in the 1920s and a foundation member of the Masonic Lodge.

He led Eastlake first grade cricket team for several years and was a keen follower of National Football. He also played bowls.

His wife Christina was born in Rutherglen. She managed the family and household efficiently and was an exemplary cook. They had chooks, an orchard and established garden, a wood stove, a wood heap and a motor car.

The family welcomed visitors from Melbourne, Sydney and Rutherglen and family get togethers around the pianola were great fun.

The strong kinship Tom and Christina maintained with their relatives is still evident in the family today.
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