The Tathams of County Durham
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These pages are a record of the Tatham family of County Durham. Most of the family migrated to the south of England from the mid 1700s onwards, and their north country origins were gradually forgotten. By the end of the 19th century there were Tathams all over the world - in Australia, Canada, Ceylon, China, India, New Zealand and USA, as well as the long established colony in South Africa.

The idea of this website is to raise the family's awareness of our shared history, and to encourage interest and discussion about our heritage.

Feel free to wander around this site and explore. There's a basic guide to the contents at the What's Here page.

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Status of this website
Update May 2019

Meaburn Tatahams, four generations (2nd photo)The Tatham Family History website has unfortunately not been maintained or attended to for more than four years, owing to family circumstances and pressure of other commitments.

Starting May 2019 it is gradually being brought back to life. This will take some time, as there is much work to be done: responding to several hundred messages and requests, relearning and sharpening website skills, updating the software (3 major upgrades to be applied and tested), learning and respecting the new regulations about consents and data protection, and no doubt many other tasks and obstacles we haven't yet thought about ...

Members and visitors are thanked for their patience and forbearance during this long period.

Tatham of the Week
Roland John Farrer (1873-1956)

Tatham of the Week Roland Farrer was born 147 years ago, the 11th child of a London solicitor, and a Tatham descendant through his mother Mary Richmond. He did not follow his father and brothers into the law, but joined the Straits Settlements Civil Service.
Arriving at Singapore as a cadet in Nov 1896, his talents were soon recognised. After postings of increasing responsibility, he was entrusted with the delicate political role of British Advisor to the Sultan of Kelantan.
The summit of Farrer's career was his 12 year term as President of the Singapore Commissioners, directing the municipality during its rapid development in the 1920s. Farrer Road and Farrer Park Racecourse were named in his honour.
He spent the remaining 25 years of his life in Singapore. He was to see the early death of his wife from cancer and four years of internment under Japanese occupation in WW2.
It is known that he had a son and a daughter. We would interested in learning more about Roland Farrer and his descendants.