Thomas Trevorrow

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Thomas Trevorrow
Born 1833
Died 31 May 1884
Occupation Publican, Carrier
Years active 1874-1884
Known for Surface Hill Hotel
Royal Standard Hotel
Home town Linton, Victoria
Spouse(s) Mary Jane Bell
Children Thomas (1877)

Thomas Trevorrow was a publican in Linton, Victoria, <1874-1884.

History[edit | edit source]

Thomas Trevorrow was born about 1833.

Trevorrow was working as a carrier at Linton in 1868. He wrote a letter to the Ballarat Star after losing a legal case to have one of his horses returned:

A HARD CASE. TO THE EDITOR OF THE STAR. Sir,—I wish by means of your valuable journal to bring the following circumstances before the public. About six months ago a party of five men started a claim called the Royal Exchange Company, and they were in embarrassed circumstances. I was asked by one of the party (Mr Isaac Walker) if I could let him have a horse on trial, and I told him that I could, and that if the animal suited £6 was to be the price. Nothing afterwards was said about the horse to me by him or anyone else. Knowing the party was hard pushed (they not having obtained gold from the ground) I did not say anything about the horse, but let it remain in their hands as they could not possibly work the claim without it. The claim proving remunerative, Mr Isaac Walker brought the horse back to my stables. Mr Ching, of this township, a creditor of the company, in the meantime obtained a judgment in the police-court here, and seized the horse out of my stables by virtue of a warrant of distress. I may as well state that the horse was brought back to me before the warrant of distress was issued. I sent a notice to the constable in charge, forbidding the sale of my property, and was served with an interpleader summons to appear at the police-court on the 22nd inst. Three of the Royal Exchange Company swore distinctly in the court that no sale between the party and myself had been effected, but in spite of this judgment was given against me. Now, I must say that I consider it a peculiarly hard case, that I should suffer for my kindness in assisting men struggling to get a living, and that although it may be law, there was very little justice shown in mv case. Yours, &c. Thos. Trevorrow, Carrier, Linton. Linton, 26th October.[1]

A HORSE OF ANOTHER COLOR. TO THE EDITOR OF THE STAR. Sir, In reply to a letter which appeared in your columns of 3rd November, Signed Thomas Walsh, Linton, I again distinctly assert (the solemn say of Mr. T. Walsh notwithstanding) that the horse was never purchased from me by the company, that I allowed them the use of it, with the desire, as I thought, of assisting struggling men, and, according to my view, the fact of the horse being as he states a perfect jib, was sufficient reason why it was not purchased in the first instance; and as a further proof of my ownership throughout, the said Thomas Walsh, the night previous to the seizure of the animal, offered to purchase it from me for the sum of seven pounds. So much for Mr Walsh's credibility, and he so chary of trespassing on the rights of Mr Ching. I append the statement of three out of five of the party, and remain, yours, &c., THOMAS TREVORROW.
" We, the undersigned, being three shareholders of the late Royal Exchange Gold Mining Company, Linton, feeling surprised at seeing a letter in your columns on 3rd November, signed Thomas Walsh, the tenor of which would lead the public to believe, what was not correct, that the horse in question was our property (knowing the loss Mr Trevorrow has sustained through kindly assisting Mr T. Walsh and ourselves), we feel it our duty in justice to our benefactor to state that the horse used by us in the above company was the property of Mr Trevorrow, and we never purchased it, neither did we ever receive receipt or agreement of purchase in any form. Signed, THOMAS CHANT, ISAAC WALKER, ROBERT PARKER. [2]

Trevorrow was granted a carriers' and stage carriage license for Linton in 1873.[3]

Trevarrow was involved in a fight at the Argyle Hotel near Linton in September 1874:

Our Smythesdale correspondent writes: "I hear that Mr T. Trevarrow, a publican at Linton, was at the Argyle hotel in that locality, and that he had a horse and cart or dray with him. While there it seems Mr Trevarrow commenced wrestling or fighting with a man named Henry Parker, and ended with breaking the man’s leg. It appears, then, that some bystander, enraged at what Trevarrow had done, pitched into him, and during this time the horse bolted and smashed the cart to pieces. Parker, whose leg was broken, was taken into the Ballarat Hospital on Monday night." We learn that Parker is in a bad way at present.[4]

The publican of the Argyle Hotel, Conrad Zilles, wrote to the paper later that week:

SIR, —In reference to a paragraph in yesterday’s Star relating to an accident that occurred at the Argyle hotel, Linton, I beg to state that it is grossly misrepresented. The two men were quite friendly, and the dispute arose about the throw of the dice; they closed, and in the struggle Parker threw Trevarrow and fell oh him, but Parker’s leg being underneath was the cause of it being broken. As soon as Trevarrow knew it he shook hands with him. There was no malice on either side. By inserting the above you will greatly oblige, your &c., CONRAD ZILLIS Argyle Hotel, Linton, 30th September 1874.[5]

Trevorrow was the publican of the Surface Hill Hotel in Linton from at least December 1874 to November 1875.[6][7] He was then the publican of the Royal Standard Hotel in Linton from at least 1877 until his death on 31 May 1884.[8][9][10]

Trevorrow married Mary Jane Bell on 5 April 1876, in a ceremony at the residence of John Menhennet at Happy Valley.[11] Their son, also Thomas Trevorrow, died at 12 months on the 2 April 1878[12], and was buried in the Linton Cemetery.

In December 1879 when his license was renewed he was also granted a billiard license and a temporary license for the sports at Linton Park, to be held on New Years Day.[13]

Mary Jane took over the hotel after Thomas's death.

Trevorrow is buried in the Linton Cemetery.[14]

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1868 'A HARD CASE.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 29 October, p. 2. , viewed 26 Nov 2016,
  2. 1868 'A HORSE OF ANOTHER COLOR.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 24 November, p. 4. , viewed 26 Nov 2016,
  3. 1873 'POLICE.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 21 November, p. 4. , viewed 17 Apr 2016,
  4. 1874 'NEWS AND NOTES.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 30 September, p. 2. , viewed 08 Nov 2019,
  5. 1874 'THE LINTON MISHAP.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 2 October, p. 3. , viewed 08 Nov 2019,
  6. 1874 'POLICE.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 11 December, p. 4. , viewed 26 Nov 2016,
  7. 1875 'POLICE.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 18 December, p. 4. , viewed 17 Apr 2016,
  8. 1877 'POLICE INTELLIGENCE.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 15 December, p. 4. , viewed 17 Apr 2016,
  9. 1882 'LINTON ANNUAL LICENSING COURT.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 13 December, p. 4. , viewed 16 Apr 2016,
  10. 1884 'Family Notices.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 28 July, p. 2, viewed 23 December, 2015,
  11. 1876 'Family Notices', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 11 April, p. 2. , viewed 17 Apr 2016,
  12. 1878 'Family Notices', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 3 April, p. 2. , viewed 17 Apr 2016,
  13. 1879 'POLICE INTELLIGENCE.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 19 December, p. 4. , viewed 06 Nov 2019,
  14. Linton Cemetery, Australian Cemeteries,

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