Thomas O'Farrell

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Thomas O'Farrell
Born 1875
Ballarat East
Died 1929
Occupation Publican
Years active 1905-1915
Known for Kangaroo Hotel
O'Farrell's Hotel
Home town Berringa

Thomas O'Farrell was a publican at Berringa, Victoria, <1905-1915>

History[edit | edit source]

Thomas Francis O'Farrell was born in Ballarat East in 1875, the son of Timothy O'Farrell, a mine manager and hotel owner, and Mary O'Grady.[1] Thomas was working in his father's hotel, the Kangaroo Hotel at Berringa, in 1903, with his brother James.[2]

In 1904 O'Farrell broke his arm, which was reported in the Argus: "Mr Thomas O'Farrell of the Kangaroo Hotel accidentally broke his arm on Saturday in an effort which over taxed his strength."[3]

His father bought the Albion Hotel in Horsham in 1905, and his brother James moved to Horsham.[4] Thomas must have taken over the Kangaroo, and in May 1906 he applied to have the name changed to O'Farrell's Hotel.[5] He was still at the hotel in 1909.[6]

In 1916 he enlisted in the A.I.F. He was described as a widower with two children. His occupation was Assurance Agent, and he enlisted in Western Australia.[7] He served as gunner and driver in France, returning to Australia in 1919.

He died in Melbourne in 1929.[8]

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. Pioneer Index Victoria 1836-1888, Index to Births, Deaths, and Marriages in Victoria, 1875 Births, Ref. No. 263, Macbeth Genealogical Services, 1998
  2. 1903 Victorian Electoral Roll, Ballarat, Berringa.
  3. 1904 'Berringa.', The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), 5 October, p. 9, viewed 30 August, 2015,
  4. 1905 'Auctioneer's Report.', The Horsham Times (Vic. : 1882 - 1954), 15 December, p. 2, viewed 30 August, 2015,
  5. 1906 'COUNTRY NEWS.', The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954), 5 May, p. 15, viewed 26 August, 2015,
  6. 1909 Victorian Electoral Roll, Corangamite, Berringa
  7. National Archives of Australia, World War I records, O'FARRELL, Thomas Francis, SERN 25350, accessed 30 August 2015
  8. Death Index Victoria 1888-1901, Index to Deaths in Victoria, 1929 Deaths, Ref. No. 10664, Macbeth Genealogical Services, 1998

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