Birth: 4 January 1868

Place or Registered Place of Birth: Loughborough, Leicestershire

Baptism: Not Known

Place of Baptism: Not Known

Death: 1947 - Circa (N.Z. B.B.D.)

Place or Registered Place of Death: New Zealand

Father: Arthur Paget

Mother: Rose Ellen Lakin

Spouse(s): Annie Margaret Williams Pringle

Date of Marriage: 1893 - Circa

Place or Registered Place of Marriage: New Zealand


Ora Nora Pringle Paget (1894-)
Mona Margaret Pringle Paget (1896-)
Tom Edward Paget (1908-)


Hawera & Normanby Star, Volume 20, Issue 2372, 9 March 1893 - Page 1 (New Zealand
I, Tom Lakin Paget, Member of the Royal College of Surgeons, England, and Licentiate of the Royal College of Physicians, London, now residing in Stratford, hereby give notice that I intend applying, on the 15th March next, to have my name placed on the the Medical Register for the colony of New Zealand, and that I have deposited the evidence of my qualification in the office of the Registrar at Stratford.
(Sgd.) Tom Lakin Paget,
M.R.C.S, L.R.C.P
Dated at Stratford, Feb. 13, 1893.

The Cyclopedia of New Zealand (Taranaki, Hawke's Bay & Wellington Provincial Districts)
Medical - Paget, Tom Lakin
Paget, Tom Lakin, M.R.C.S. (England), L.R.C.P. (London), Physician and Surgeon, Page Street, Stratford. Dr. Paget, who has practised in Stratford since 1893, was born in Loughborough, England, in 1868, and took his diplomas in 1890. Dr. Paget served as a member of the Stratford Borough Council for one year.


1891 Census:

22, Percy Circus, Clerkenwell
Tom L. Paget - Lodger - Single - 23 - Qualified Medical Practitioner - Not Practicing
Edgar L. Paget - Visitor - Single - 22 - Mechanical Engineer Machinist


Poverty Bay Herald - 1907
Doctor's Claim for Damages.
The Paget-Baskin Case
Interesting Evidence
At the Stratford District Court on Wednesday, before Mr District Judge Haselden, Dr. T. L. Paget, of Stratford, sued L. Baskin, of Midhurst, for £500 damages for assault. The Court was crowded with spectators.

The plaintiff, Tom. Lakin Paget, medical practitioner in Stratford for the past fourteen years, stated that he had attended Mrs Baskin, off and on, for the past ten years-ever since she was married. Attended her on her last confinement on January 1st, or rather at midnight on December 31st-there were twins. Was sent for on December 26th, but was absent from. home. Dr. Carbery attended in his place. He was sent for again on Friday, 28th December, and had left another urgent case. Saw Baskin, and asked, “Well, how are things going on?" Baskin answered that Mrs. Baskin had been ill for two or three days, and he thought he ought to see her. Witness explained the inconvenience caused to the other patient by making his summons urgent. Saw his patient; there was no urgency about the matter. at all. Was next sent for on the night of December 31st, and he attended defendant's wife in her confinement. Saw Baskin on that occasion. Went again on 2nd and 7th January. As the lady was weak and delicate, and had had twins, he felt sorry for her, and paid an extra visit on 12th inst., at about 3.15 in the afternoon. Rode out, accompanied by his two little girls, aged 12 and- 10 years. Was carrying his whip, a silver-mounted one, which had been presented to him. It was an ordinary jockey's whip, which he had won at a race, meeting as the rider of the second horse (the whip was put in). Met Baskin just outside the gate. Baskin appeared to be "particularly friendly," and before witness, entered the house they had a look at and discussed a rather peculiar cow. Prior to this some notes had passed between us as to his fee. I had notified that the full fee of £4 4s must be paid,. as well as £1 1s for Dr Carbery's visit and £1 10s for the urgent special visit on the 28th. Having finished examining Mrs Baskin, the defendant returning to the room, said, “Is this your last visit, Doctor?" I said "Yes." He said: "I'll give you a cheque." I said "Thanks." Baskin proceeded to write the cheque. I noticed during the writing of it that he took a long time over it, stopping and pausing as if in doubt as to what to write. He finally finished writing, and passed the cheque over to me. He said "I've made this cheque for four guineas, your confinement fee. I don't consider I owe you the £2 10s." Continuing, witness said a dispute arose, during which accused charged him with having insulted his wife. He would not discuss the matter and walked out. When I reached the door, and just as I stepped through it, I felt a violent blow on the back of my head, and Baskin shouted “Come back, you scoundrel." I turned round and said "What the devil do you mean by that?" He made a hit at me-a rush-using his fist to strike me. As he moved forward I said : "Keep back, and I gave him a smart tap with a whip on the left fore-arm. That did not stop him. He made a tremendous rush at me, and looked very violent ; he was in a furious rage, I was afraid of getting very serious damage. (His Honor : Where is the defendant. Cries of "Stand up, Mr Baskin," and he stood up, a tall, thin man.) As Baskin rushed at me, I struck, him again with the .whip below the left arm.. That did not stop him. I jumped quickly off the verandah, and he kicked violently at me. I felt his foot rush past my riding breeches, and the next thing, as I turned round, I saw him hanging on to the edge of a wall which enclosed a portion of the verandah, recovering his balance after the kick. I said : "What on earth do you mean by this? You must be mad." He suddenly. stooped down behind the wall and appeared with two pieces of rata firewood, one in each hand. I said. `'Don't be it fool, Baskin; put those down. If you throw those. you will do me some serious injury.". He stood there for a moment or two; shouting at me, and then suddenly stooping down as I took a few steps towards the gate, he hurled one of the pieces of rata as hard as he could at me. I threw up my left arm to guard my head, and the. firewood caught me on the left elbow and-forearm, and, I think, grazed my forehead. He immediately followed the first piece with the second, which either just missed. or just grazed my forehead. I said : "Baskin, you've broken my arm." He stooped down and picked up a third piece from behind the wall. I dodged round the corner of the house, hoping to escape by the front, garden. He followed, and when he reached the corner of the house he threw down the piece of rata he was carrying and picked up an axe handle. I spoke to him to try and smooth him down, but what words I used I can't say. I was suffering a great deal with pain. I found there was no means of escape by the front garden, a wire netting fence barring my progress. He followed some yards after me, still with the axe handle in his hand. I noticed a post supporting some clothes on a line, and dodged so as to get that between him and me, so that he could not rush me. He followed round after me and as soon as the post was between him and me I turned round and bolted fur the gate. He was shouting at me; but I don't know what words he used. I got through the little gate in the paddock, got the horse between him and me, and got on the horse. I said: "I'll make you pay for this, Baskin.” He said: I'll pull you off your horse, you scoundrel. I turned my horse round, and, calling to my little girls to ride on, I followed and got. away. The injury to his arm had put him out of. practice for five weeks, which meant a loss of £13 5s per week.

Dr Carbery gage evidence as to his examination of the plaintiff, dealing with the fracture of the arm, an abrasion of the forehead, and a contusion on the back of the head. From six weeks to three months would have to be allowed for the healing of a fracture.

Lowry Baskin, the defendant, remembered the 28th December. The doctor came at his request. After examining the patient, Dr Paget, said: “It's a nice goose chase you've brought me out on. He was very angry, and said: "I've been to see you wife, and I'm d--d if she'd let me examine her. A nice old bill you'll have to pay for calling me before I am required." Witness answered: "Doctor, don't blaze at me. The nurse told me to send for you, and I did so." Witness went, to the bedroom, where his wife was crying and sobbing. Came out to the kitchen, and Mrs Hamilton said that the doctor might have been civil and acted like it gentleman. The doctor roared out: "Shut your mouth, I'm not talking to you" Mrs Hamilton said, "I wasn't talking to you, doctor; but all the same you're no gentleman." The doctor's reply was "I'm not asking your opinion, so keep your mouth shut.” The doctor examined Mrs Baskin. On January 12 witness was in the house when the doctor arrived. He asked the doctor : "Is this your last.” He said: "Yes." Witness wrote out a cheque of £4 4s for the fee, but before handing. it to him made a remark about the doctor's claims for £6 16s, and after some words Dr Paget said he would instruct his solicitor to sue for the balance. Witness said four guineas was all he would pay, unless forced to do so. By this time plaintiff was in a great rage. Witness then detailed the incident relating to the alleged insult, which plaintiff denied, despite the, assertions of his wife and Mrs Mills. Plaintiff jumped up to go to the door, but witness put out his hand, and said there was something else he would like to ask. The doctor brushed against the hand, went back a step, chucked his hat out on the verandah, and came at witness with his riding whip, dealing him severe blows on the head and shoulders, and one on the arm which guarded his face. 'Witness then put his head down and backed the doctor out on the verandah, "and there I thumped him on the firewood for all I was worth."

His Honor: It's curious you left no evidence of your handiwork.

Witness resumed: Dr Paget was endeavouring to hit witness with his whip. After a pause, Dr Paget flourishing his whip, witness seized an old axe handle and told the doctor to come on if he wanted some more. The doctor went to the clothes line, witness advancing about three steps. Plaintiff walked away about a chain, then returned, picked up his hat, went away about three or four yards, turned round and said "I'll have you up for assault.” Witness replied: "Assault be hanged, you struck me first." Dr Paget then went away and got on his horse. Witness said he threw no wood, threw no missles (sic), :aid used only his fist. The fractured arm must, be accounted for by falling on an oil-drum or amongst the firewood.

To His Honor: When I stretched out my hand I wanted to ask the doctor what reason he had for telling me I wasn't. boss in my own household. He felt he was in duty bound to ask why the doctor had insulted Mr (sic) Baskin. He did not ask for the explanation earlier. He did not want any fuss on the 31st December, for witness's wife's life was in the doctor's hands. He did not want any fuss during his wife's illness.

The jury brought in a verdict for defendant.

This story and the conclusion of the jury begs the question why Paget left the U.K in the first place - perhaps his past had caught up with him.

Dr. Tom Lakin Paget