Thomas Caffrey

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Thomas Caffrey
Born 1861
Died 2 May 1917
Occupation Publican
Years active <1882-1905>
Known for Court House Hotel
Railway Station Hotel
Lambton Arms
Home town Buninyong
Spouse(s) Elizabeth Whykes

Thomas Caffrey was a publican in Buninyong and Burrumbeet, <1882-1905>.

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Thomas Caffrey was born in 1861, the son of William Caffery and Bridget Mullins.[1]

In December 1882 Thomas Caffrey bought the Court House Hotel at Buninyong from Thomas Connolly, but the tenant, a Mr. Temby, refused to leave the building saying he had a five year lease. The court found in favour of the owners, and Temby was evicted from the hotel:

BUNINYONG.(Before Mr Thomson, P.M., Mayor Greaves, and Mr Higgins, J.P.) Connolly v Temby, summons for warrant of ejectment. Mr Watson for plaintiff. The plaintiff stated that he let the Courthouse hotel to defendant for ten shillings a week. Notice to quit had been given to defendant. The plaintiff did not let the premises for five years. Thomas Caffrey proved notice served on Temby to quit the premises within one week. Mr Watson proved notice to appear at court. The defendant had been served with notices as weekly and monthly tenant. The defendant stated that he rented the premises from plaintiff. Plaintiff told him that be must quit the premises as be had sold the house. He know nothing about the document produced. He had applied for a license to be transferred to him at Ballarat. David Thompson said that a verbal agreement was made in his presence in 1880 for five years. Mrs Temby stated that an agreement was made for five years. When plaintiff returned from the old country she signed an agreement for her husband, which she did to satisfy plaintiff. Defendant knew nothing of the agreement. Mrs Connolly was shown the document, when she stated that the agreement was written when only herself and Mrs Temby were present. The rent was to be 10s a week, and no notice was stated to be given for terminating the tenancy. The bench made an order for ejectment, warrant to be issued at any time.[2]

His mother, Bridget, held the license for the hotel.[3]

In September 1889 he stood for a casual vacancy on the Buninyong borough council.[4] He stood again for another vacancy in July 1891 and was elected.[5]

In August 1897, his wife gave birth to twins, one of whom died at birth, and the other a month later:

Births - CAFFREY.—On the 26th August, at Buninyong, the wife of Thomas Caffrey—twins.
Deaths. CAFFREY.—On the 26th August, and on the 21st September, the youngest beloved children of Thomas and Elizabeth Caffrey, Buninyong.[6]

In May 1901 the license of the Railway Station Hotel was transferred from Ernest Young to Thomas Caffery.[7]

In about November 1902 he transferred the license of the Railway Station Hotel at Buninyong to Charles Burns.[8]

Caffrey held the license for the Lambton Arms at Burrumbeet.

His wife died in September 1905:

CAFFREY— The friends of Mr Thomas Caffrey are respectfully invited to follow the remains of his late dearly beloved wife to the place of interment, the Buninyong Cemetery. The funeral is appointed to leave his residence, Lambton Arms Hotel, Burrumbeet, on Sunday, 1st October, at 11 a.m., passing through Ballarat at 1.30, passing through Buninyong about 3.30 o'clock. JORDAN and TIPPETT, Undertakers, Armstrong street south (near City Hall), 23 Eyre street, and 14 Grant street. Telephone 79.[9]

In November 1905 he transferred the license to Elizabeth Miles.[10]

He died on 2 May 1917:

CAFFREY.-On the 2nd May at his father-in-law's residence (Mr W. Whykes, Buninyong). Thomas Caffrey, loving father of Ruby, Vera, and May; aged 56 years. By request, no flowers. A patient sufferer at rest.[11]

The death has occurred of Mr. Thomas Caffrey, of Buninyong, in which district he was a leading public man for many years. He was a member of the borough council, and occupied the position of mayor.[12]

BUNINYONG. DEATH OF AN EX-MAYOR. The many friends of Mr Thomas Caffrey will regret to hear of his death, which took place at the residence of his father-in-law, Mr. W. Whykes. The deceased had been ailing for some time, and his death was not unexpected. For many years he occupied the position of councillor of the borough and also filled the mayoral chair. He was also a member of the Cemetery Trust and of the Bowling Club, prior to his leaving the district for Sunshine. His wife pre-deceased him some years ago. The deceased leaves three daughters to mourn their loss. He was very highly respected throughout the town and district by the large circle of friends he made while in business before leaving for an important position at Sunshine.[13]

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. Pioneer Index Victoria 1836-1888, Index to Births, Deaths, and Marriages in Victoria, 1861 Births, Ref. No. 8332, Macbeth Genealogical Services, 1998
  2. 1882 'BUNINYONG.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 2 December, p. 4, viewed 6 October, 2015,
  3. 1883 'BUNINYONG ANNUAL LICENSING COURT.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 22 December, p. 3, viewed 20 September, 2015,
  4. 1889 'BUNINYONG.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 16 September, p. 3. , viewed 03 Feb 2023,
  5. 1891 'COUNTRY NEWS.', The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), 18 July, p. 11. , viewed 03 Feb 2023,
  6. 1897 'Family Notices', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 24 September, p. 2. , viewed 03 Feb 2023,
  7. 1901 'No title', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 2 May, p. 2. , viewed 03 Feb 2023,
  8. 1903 'EXTENSIVE FIRE AT BUNINYONG', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 28 November, p. 3. , viewed 10 Jun 2018,
  9. 1905 'Family Notices', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 29 September, p. 5. , viewed 02 Feb 2023,
  10. 1905 'POLICE COURTS.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 4 November, p. 8. , viewed 02 Mar 2021,
  11. 1917 'Family Notices', The Ballarat Courier (Vic. : 1869 - 1885; 1914 - 1918), 3 May, p. 2. (DAILY.), viewed 03 Feb 2023,
  12. 1917 'COUNTRY NEWS.', The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954), 4 May, p. 8. , viewed 03 Feb 2023,
  13. 1917 'BUNINYONG.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 4 May, p. 2. , viewed 03 Feb 2023,

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