Mary J. Thomas

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Mary J. Thomas
Born Mary Jane Halpin
Died 24 August 1906
Corindhap
Occupation Publican
Years active 1870-1896
Known for Break o'Day Hotel
Home town Corindhap
Spouse(s) David Edward Thomas
Parents
  • Andrew Halpin (father)
  • Margaret Eaton (mother)

Mary J. Thomas was a publican at Corindhap, Victoria, <1870-1896.

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Mary Jane Halpin was born c. 1837, the daughter of Andrew Halpin and Margaret Easton.[1] She married David Edward Thomas.

Mary Thomas was the publican of the Break o'Day Hotel for 30 years, later called the Commercial Hotel at Corindhap, Victoria.

She married David Edward Thomas[2] on 14 January 1880:

THOMAS—HALPIN.—On the 14th January, by the Rev. P. D. Moore, Smythesdale, Mr D. E. Thomas, J.P., to Miss M. J. Halpin ; both of Corindhap.[3]

After her husband's death, Mary applied for probate on the estate in August 1887:

IN the SUPREME COURT of the COLONY of VICTORIA : In its Probate Jurisdiction -In the Estate of DAVID EDWARD THOMAS, late of Corindhap, in the Colony of Victoria, Postmaster, Deceased, Intestate. Notice is hereby given, that after the expiration of fourteen days from the date of the publication hereof an application will be made to the Supreme Court of the colony of Victoria, in its Probate jurisdiction, that LETTERS of ADMINISTRATION of the estate of the above named deceased may be granted to Mary Jane Thomas of Corindhap, in the said colony, the widow of the said deceased. Dated this 4th day of August, 1887. CUTHBERT and WYNNE, Lydiard street, Ballarat, proctors for the said Mary Jane Thomas.[4]

In November 1896 she advertised her intention to transfer the license to her niece, Georgina Camm, and Georgina's husband, Ernest E. J. Camm:

LICENSING ACT 1890. NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TRANSFER OF LICENSE. We, MARY JANE THOMAS, of Corindhap, the holder of a Victualler's License for the house and premises known as The Break o’Day Hotel, situate at Corindhap, in the Licensing District of Rokewood, transferror and GEORGINA CAMM, of Corindhap, proposed transferee, do hereby, give notice that it is our intention to apply to the Licensing Court for the said Licensing District, on the 7th day cf December, 1896, at one o’clock in the afternoon, at Scarsdale, for a TRANSFER of the said LICENSE to the said GEORGINA CAMM. Given under our hands this 29th day of October, 1896. MARY JANE THOMAS, Present Holder of the said License. GEORGINA CAMM, Proposed Transferree. Witness—ERNEST E. J. CAMM.


LICENSING ACT 1890. NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TRANSFER OF LICENSE. We, MARY JANE THOMAS, of Corindhap, the holder of a Victualler’s License for the house and premises known as The Break o’ Day Hotel, situate at Corindhap, in the Licensing District of Rokewood, transferror, and ERNEST E. J. CAMM, of Corindhap, proposed transferree, do hereby give notice that it is our intention to apply to the Licensing Court for the said Licensing District on the 7th day of December, 1896, at one o'clock in the afternoon, at Scarsdale, for a TRANSFER of the said LICENSE to the said ERNEST E. J. CAMM. Given under our hands this 29th day of October, 1896. MARY JANE THOMAS, Present Holder of the said License, ERNEST E. J. CAMM, Proposed Transferree. Witness—Georgina Camm.[5]

She died at Corindhap on 24 August 1906.

CROSSED THE BAR. A very old resident, in the person of Mrs Mary Jane Thomas, relict of Mr David Edward Thomas, J.P., died at the residence of her niece, Mrs E. E. J. Camm, of the Commercial hotel, on Friday afternoon last. The deceased, lady became the proprietor of the Break o'Day hotel, now known as the Commercial, about 36 years ago, and held the license for about 30 years. Of a quiet and unassuming nature, she was most charitably inclined. Her late husband predeceased her about 18 years ago. She had no family. Her funeral took place on Sunday afternoon, and despite the unpropitious state of the weather the cortege was a very large one. Her remains were taken to the Roman Catholic Church, Rokewood, where a solemn and impressive service was rendered by the Rev. Father Barrett, of Smythesdale. The cortege then proceeded to the cemetery. Messrs J. Hanlon. C. Harris, T. O’Loughlin, and W.Roberts acted as coffin bearers, while the pall-bearers were all old and personal friends of the deceased, viz, Messrs C. W. Stanbrook, W. K. Roberts, J. Boyle, T. Mellington, C. Cahill, P. Cahill, W. Richards, and W. E. Lawless. The mortuary arrangements were, carried out by Messrs Jordan and Tippett, undertakers, of Ballarat.[6]

THOMAS.—The friends of the late Mrs Mary Jane Thomas are respectfully invited to follow to her remains to the place of interment, the Rokewood Cemetery. The funeral cortege is appointed to leave her late residence, Commercial Hotel, Corindhap, tomorrow (SUNDAY) at 2.30 o'clock. JORDAN and TIPPETT, Undertakers, Armstrong street south, (near City Hall). 23 Eyre street, and 14 Grant street. Telephone 79.[7]

Th funeral of Mrs Mary Jane Thomas of the Commercial Hotel, Corindhap, took place yesterday, at the Rokewood Cemetery. Her remains were taken to the Roman Catholic Church, at Rokewood, and after an impressive service, conducted by the Rev. Father Barrett, the cortege proceeded to the cemetery. Messrs W. K. Roberts, C. W. Stanbrook, J. Boyle. W. E. Lawless, T. Wellington, C. Cahill, J. Cahill, and W. Richards, were pall bearers and the coffin-bearers were Messrs T. O'Loughlin, J. Hanlon, W. Roberts, and C. Harris. Messrs Jordon and Tippett carried out the funeral arrangements.[8]

After Mary's death her niece, Georgina, applied for probate on the estate:

NOTICE is hereby given, that after the expiration of fourteen days from the publication hereof application will be made to the Supreme Court of the State of Victoria, in its Probate Jurisdiction, that PROBATE of the LAST WILL and TESTAMENT of MARY JANE THOMAS, late of Corindhap, in the state of Victoria, widow, deceased, may be granted to Georgina Camm (formerly Georgina Halpin), of Corindhap in the state of Victoria, married woman, the sole executrix named in and appointed by the said will. Dated this 17th day of September, A.D. 1906. EVANS and MASTERS, 34 Queen-street, Melbourne, proctors for the applicant.[9]

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  1. Australian Death Index, Victoria, 1906, Ref. No. 8703
  2. The Victorian Registry of Births, Deaths, and Marriages; Melbourne, Victoria, Australia; Victoria, Australia, Marriage Records, Ref. No. 646
  3. 1880 'Family Notices', The Ballarat Courier (Vic. : 1869 - 1883; 1914 - 1918), 22 January, p. 2. , viewed 02 Feb 2019, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article232150515
  4. 1887 'Advertising', The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), 5 August, p. 8. , viewed 02 Feb 2019, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article7911908
  5. 1896 'Advertising', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 19 November, p. 3. , viewed 02 Feb 2019, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article207496051
  6. 1906 'CORINDHAP.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 29 August, p. 6. , viewed 13 Jul 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article210683807
  7. 1906 'Family Notices', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 25 August, p. 10. , viewed 02 Feb 2019, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article210683486
  8. 1906 'OBITUARY.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 27 August, p. 1. , viewed 02 Feb 2019, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article210683528
  9. 1906 'Advertising', The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), 18 September, p. 3. , viewed 02 Feb 2019, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article9640078

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