DAVIS, THOMAS MARTIN (1856-1899), trade unionist and politician, was born on 22
January 1856 at Redditch, Worcestershire, England, son of Thomas Davis, fruit
merchant, and his wife Ann, née Martin. At 3 he moved to Glasgow with his family.
Educated at Glasgow High School and Garnet Bank Academy, at 13 he went to France
to learn the language. In 1871-75 he worked at sea, interspersed with some light
military experience in South Africa, service as an inspector of the railway line
across the Sabi desert in India, and employment as an interpreter in the mines in
New Caledonia. About 1876 he settled in Sydney.
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