Just over a week later the response to Thomas and Agnes's financial predicament was...
'Inform that a portion must be paid within one month.'
PARCELS are lying at the Nhill Railway Station addressed to the following:- Henderson, Turner, Moll, Kemp, Linke, Chandler, Wilksch, lehmann, McEwan.
Nhill Free Press, Friday 23 February, 1906.
The 1890's were difficult economic times. Many businesses and farms didn't survive. Thomas and Agnes were fortunate in that they were able to overcome their difficulties and build a comfortable lifestyle for themselves and their large family.
According to the family bible...
'Father Thomas Henderson died February 20th 1906, age 63 years.'
Thomas's death received the following mention in the local newspaper.
To the great regret of a large circle of friends, Mr.Thomas Henderson passed away somewhat unrepentantly last Tuesday at his home, Woorak. Deceased who was of a quiet retiring disposition, was generally esteemed. He had been under medical treatment for an affliction of the heart. It was to this that he succumbed. Last month he went to Portland for a change, and although temporarily benefited the heat of the past week was too much on his return. His age was 63 years and he leaves a wife and large family in the district. The funeral took place yesterday.
Nhill Free Press, Friday 23 February 1906.