CONDER, Thomas

1810 - 1895

Thomas Conder

Thomas Conder, was born at Ipswich on 7 April 1810 and baptised at Tacket Street Meeting House, Ipswich on 20 May 1810, son of Thomas Conder (1775-1870), currier, and his wife Hannah née Garwood (1789-1857), who married at St Nicholas Church, Ipswich on 11 February 1808, he was a brother to John Garwood Conder [q.v.]. Apprenticed to his father and purchased the business from him as a leather merchant in 1831. Joint secretary of the Ipswich Mechanics' Institute 1833-1836 and, like his brother, a member of the Ipswich Society of Professional & Amateur Artists from 1835, where he was probably tutored by Henry Davy [q.v.]. He married on 3 October 1833 Esther, daughter of Isaac Everett of Wix Lodge, Manningtree and sister to his brother's wife, and they had ten children. In 1841, was living at Brook Street, Ipswich with his wife and four small children and in 1862 he sold his leather business to two of his sons, Thomas Everett Conder (1834-1911) and Josiah Conder (1840-1920). An ardent nonconformist, Thomas was a teacher at Tacket Street Sunday School in 1823, aged just 13, and on his retirement continued as a deacon at that church until 1890. He died at his home at 45 Fonnereau Road, Ipswich on 20 January 1895, and his wife followed on 20 June 1898, aged 88.