T. C. Thomas

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Thomas C. Thomas
Occupation Publican
Years active 1878-1879
Known for Exchange Hotel
Home town Mount Egerton

Thomas C. Thomas was a publican in Mount Egerton, Victoria, <1878-1879>.

History[edit | edit source]

Thomas had the license for the Exchange Hotel in Mount Egerton. His license was renewed in December 1878[1] and December 1879.[2]

In May 1879 Thomas was a member of the Egerton railway celebration committee:

The two committees of the demonstration of the opening of the Gordon railway on the 7th instant, have agreed to bold the banquet at Gordon, as advertised. The undermentioned gentlemen from Egerton have agreed to join the Gordon committee to make the same a great success:—Messrs David Wilson, Morgan Griffiths, Robert Bryant, Henry Morris, T. C. Thomas, and E. O. Witherden. Arrangements are made for an excursion train to leave Ballarat on that date at eleven o'clock, and to leave Gordon in return at five o'clock. Mr Oldham's Soldiers' Bill band will accompany the train each way. Invitations have been given to the whole of the Ministry, besides a number of other influential gentlemen.[3]

In August 1879 he was elected to the Ballan Council:

The result of the election for the vacant seat in the Ballan Council was as follows:— T. C. Thomas—Egerton, 211; Gordon, 19—total 280. M'Culloch—Egerton, 54; Gordon, 127—total 161. Majority fafavor of Mr Thomas, 69. The committees worked with a creditable zeal to place their man at the top of the poll, as the returns clearly show, for by far the largest number of votes have been recorded than on any previous occasion. Mr Thomas addressed a considerable crowd that had assembled in front of his hotel and in a few pertinent remarks, thanked all for showing that unity which alone could have placed him in that position be was so anxious to obtain. Mr Morgan Griffiths, on being called upon, said he was proud to see that Mr Thomas had been returned, and through certain remarks coming from the opposition party last Tuesday night, he had taken an interest in the present candidate; but if any apathy was shown by the newly-elected member by not fulfilling his promises to the ratepayers, he would be the first one to use his influence to prevent his re-election. He also said that he noticed a feature in the election which spoke well for the esteem in which the candidate was held by his neighbors, amongst whom he had resided for the last ten years, by recording 211 votes for him, as against 34 for his opponent, in Egerton alone. Manly's brass band enlivened the inhabitants by playing up and down the street, which caused the evening to be passed right merrily.[4]


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  1. 1878 'POLICE INTELLIGENCE.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 10 December, p. 4. , viewed 15 Apr 2019, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article199346353
  2. 1879 'GORDON POLICE COURT.', The Ballarat Courier (Vic. : 1869 - 1885; 1914 - 1918), 6 December, p. 3. , viewed 12 Jan 2023, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article232148918
  3. 1879 'EGERTON.', The Ballarat Courier (Vic. : 1869 - 1883; 1914 - 1918), 3 May, p. 4. , viewed 16 Apr 2019, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article232169261
  4. 1879 'EGERTON.', The Ballarat Courier (Vic. : 1869 - 1883; 1914 - 1918), 16 August, p. 3. , viewed 16 Apr 2019, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article232173022

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