Thomas Gibson (Tom) Pauling

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Thomas Gibson (Tom) Pauling

Birthplace: Ashburton, New Zealand
Death: October 01, 1927 (54)
Clovelly, New South Wales, Australia
Immediate Family:

Son of William Pauling and Jane Gibson Pauling
Husband of Frances Emily Pauling
Brother of James Henry Pauling; John Gibson Pauling; Agnes Moore; William Pauling; Isabella Pauling and 1 other

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About Thomas Gibson (Tom) Pauling

Tom Pauling was a loose forward who after playing for New Zealand on a tour of Australia in 1897 stayed on in Australia and continued to achieve prominence in the game. He played for New South Wales in 1898-99, then turned to refereeing where he became one of Australia's best.

However, his former countrymen may not have held him in quite the same light. He refereed three of the games played by New Zealand on the 1903 of Australia and in the match against NSW caused a stir by ordering New Zealand's Reuben Cooke from the field. A later inquiry exonerated Cooke.

Pauling went on to further major appointments. He refereed Australia in two tests against the touring Great Britain side in 1904, New South Wales against the Anglo Welsh in 1908 on three occasions and the test between the All Blacks and the Wallabies in Sydney in 1914.

His son, Tom, was also a fine player who gained two caps for the Wallabies and played three times for New South Wales in the 1930s including the win over the touring Springboks in 1937. He was a versatile player who played at top level as a either a centre or a loose forward.

The elder Pauling was a product of Wellington's old Athletic club. He was a forward who represented Wellington in the 1895-96 seasons. He was in the Wellington team which overran the touring Queensland side in 1896, scoring two tries and kicking two conversions and a penalty goal in the 49-7 win. That won him a place in the New Zealand team which three days later beat the Queenslanders 9-0.

After playing for the North Island in 1897 he retained his New Zealand place for the tour of Australia. He played in eight of the matches on tour, scoring four tries and kicking three conversions.

Pauling's decision to migrate to Australia was undoubtedly linked to his problems in making himself available for the 1897 tour. A saddler with the New Zealand Defence Forces he was unable to leave so had to resign to make the trip.

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Thomas Gibson (Tom) Pauling's Timeline

June 17, 1873
Ashburton, New Zealand

New Zealand BDM Registration 1873/33742 Pauling Thomas Jane William

October 1, 1927
Age 54
Clovelly, New South Wales, Australia

Well-known as a footballer. Alder
man Thomas Pauling, a former de
tective. died at his residence at Clo
velly early this morning.
Mr. Pauling was born in New Zea
land and was a fine Rugby Union foot
bailer. In 1896 and 1897 he repre
sented New Zealand and among
other places in New South Wales.
visited Bathurst and played there.
He was attached to tne Regent Street
Police Station for many years and
was connected with many important
casts. He was the first president of
the Police Association.
Ill health compelled him to retire
from the force. A widow and three
children survive him.

(National Advocate, 1 October 1927)

New South Wales Death Registration 12803/1927 PAULING THOMAS G WILLIAM JEAN RANDWICK