Thomas Herbert senior 1804-?
Thomas Herbert junior 1827-1914
After several more children were born in Geelong, by 1872 the family had moved to Stawell where Thomas Herbert Willmett's junior's youngest child was born and where grandson, John Herbert was living when he met Emma May Martin.
Little is known about the family's Stawell sojourn other than that one of the sons competed in the first Stawell Gift, which is still Australia's Richest short distance foot race.
The Move to Outback North Queensland
By 1886 Thomas Herbert had moved to Winton, in Queensland to join Louisa Willmett who had married Thomas Lynett in 1877 and with her husband owned Winton's General store, land and several hotels.
Judging by the historical records Thomas Herbert continued with horse ventures in Winton, which had an active horse-racing calander and a natural race-course.
On 23, October 1896 the Land Court granted Thomas Herbert Willmett an unconditional selection (No 13 at Winton), of 683 acres. and Jane Winifred, an unconditional selection of 192 acres of land that had be part of Ellerslie station.
The price paid for an unconditional selection was thirteen shillings and upwards, paid over twenty years. Thus, Thomas Herbert would have paid £443 for this land.
Meanwhile, the Willmetts seem to have abandoned their Victorian lands. On Sept 20 1918 their 5 blocks in Newport and Werribee were reauctioned by the Government due to accumulated unpaid rates. At that time the council still recorded Bent, St Caufield as Thomas Herbert's address, where properties today sell for one and a half million dollars and up. Caufield land was first up for sale in the 1850's and the area around Bent Street in South Caufield was mainly market gardens. It would have been an excellent location for a horse professional as pastoralists were building mansions to the north and the land for Caufield Racecourse had just been allocated.
Jane Winifred would marry a horse-dealer named Harbutt and the pair became Queensland horse-racing identities.