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Meaburn Tatham (1784-1875)
Meaburn Tatham (1784-1875)
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.

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Meaburn Roden Tatham
A Last Farewell

St Andrew's Church, Great Ryburgh It is now more than two years since Roden Tatham left us, on 29 March 2013.
On Sunday, 6th October of that year, a beautiful autumn day, we laid his ashes to rest in a Norfolk country churchyard, at the parish of Great Ryburgh where he had been the patron since 1976. Roden loved Great Ryburgh, and its ancient round-towered church of St Andrew, and was generous in his support. Over the past two centuries the Tatham family has supplied five clergy to the benefice, and six patrons, of whom Roden was the last.
First a Choral Eucharist was celebrated in St Andrew's Church, with the Tomás Luis de Victoria Mass O quam gloriosum, performed by the I Musicanti singers. Then in a simple ceremony led by the Rector, we buried Roden's ashes in the Garden of Remembrance, newly laid out last year. A stone in Roden's memory marks the spot, close by the graves of other Tathams, including that of the first family patron of the Ryburgh parish, Meaburn Tatham (1784-1875), restored for this occasion.
Afterwards a lunch was kindly offered by the Churchwarden in her home, for the family members, the rector, the singers and the Ryburgh parishioners, gathered together to bid Roden Tatham farewell.

Tatham of the Week
Ada Susan Molyneux (1865-1950)

Tatham of the Week Ada Molyneux was born in Burton-on-Trent 153 years ago, the 7th of the 12 children of William Molyneux, an eminent and largely self-taught geologist and surveyor. In 1881 he emigrated with his family to Natal, but died of a fever within a year of their arrival. His widow and the younger children returned to England, but Ada, though still only 17, decided to stay on in South Africa.
Five years later in Pietermaritzburg she married Frederick Spence Tatham, a barrister, soldier and rising politician in the Natal legislature. As well as supporting her husband during his long and distinguished career, and also raising their six children, she had a strong civic sense and became an active and influential figure in Natal society.
She is well remembered today for the Tatham Art Gallery in Pietermaritzburg. Thanks to her energy and influence, she succeeded in raising the necesssary funds, and in acquiring a fine collection of art in Europe from 1903 onwards. She remained the driving force behind the gallery for nearly fifty years, right up to her death on 18 Nov 1950.