Thomas H. Avision

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Thomas Henry Avision was a publican in Victoria.



Avision was a storekeeper and publican at Dry Diggings, Victoria, around 1890-1900. Dry Diggings was a small settlement about 2 km east of Hepburn Springs, Victoria.

In January 1891, Avision was charged with attempted murder:

THE DAYLESFORD TRAGEDY OPENING OF THE CASE IN COURT. At the Daylesford police court on Wednesday Thomas Henry Avision surrendered to his bail, charged with wounding, with intent to murder, George Hoare, at Dry Diggings, on the 2nd December. Superintendent Palmer, of Ballarat, prosecuted. Mr. Geake defended. Superintendent Palmer stated that Hoare, had miraculously recovered, and on Boxing Day left the hospital without the doctor's permission. He went by train next day to Melbourne, but his whereabouts could not be ascertained. A warrant had been sent to Melbourne. but had not yet been executed. He applied for another remand for a month. Mr. Geake opposed, stating that Hoare was on the high seas, and did not want to appear in court, knowing that divorce proceedings were being taken, claiming from him heavy damages. Dr. Stevenson gave evidence that at the time Hoare left the institution he was not in a fit state to do so, and he was not discharged. He had two serious injuries on the head- one in a vital part of the brain. Senior-constable Shortill deposed to arresting Avison, who admitted that he committed the crime, and on the way to the watch-house made the following statement, which was subsequently reduced to writing, and signed by the prisoner: -" Daylesford, 2nd December, 1890. I left for Melbourne by train presumably, but doubled back. Shortly before midnight I left Daylesford for my home, accompanied by Ted Ellis. I arrived at my house about 1 a.m. I told Ted Ellis to stand at the front gate, and if any man came out to knock him down. I entered by the back door. I picked up a tomahawk which was beside the kitchen, and then, with the tomahawk in one hand and a lamp in the other, I went into my wife's bedroom. I there found Hoare and my wife in bed together. Hoare had his arm around my wife. Hoare, when he saw me, pulled the blankets over his head. I struck him two or three times with the tomahawk, and the blood spurted on to the ceiling. I would have chopped him up but for Ted Ellis, who caught hold of my arm. I have suspected Hoare and my wife for some time." The Bench decided to remand Avison till the 11th February. Bail was allowed, accused in £500, and two sureties of £250 each.-Telegraph.[1]

Later in 1891, Avision asked for a divorce:

THE DRY DIGGINGS SCANDAL. DECREE NISI FOR DIVORCE. MELBOURNE, JUNE 9. Avision, the storekeeper, who murderously assaulted with a tomahawk a jeweller named Hoare, whom he caught conducting himself improperly with Mrs Avision, applied in the Divorce court to-day for a decree nisi for the dissolution of his marriage. Hoare, who has been missing since he recovered from his injuries, did not appear. The court granted a decree nisi, with costs against the co-respondent.[2]

In 1895-1900, Avision is listed in Wise's Post Office Directory as the publican of the Dry Diggings Hotel.[3]

In 1906, a large bushfire swept through the Daylesford area, and continued north east towards Dry Diggings, where Avision's hotel, the store, and the school, were destroyed.[4]

Avision was the presiding officer at Dry Diggings for the conscription referendum in 1917.[5] In 1918, Avision and H. L. Dalman donated an Honor Board for the Dry Diggings State School.[6]


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  1. 1891 'THE DAYLESFORD TRAGEDY.', The Colac Herald (Vic. : 1875 - 1918), 16 January, p. 3, viewed 8 June, 2014,
  2. 1891 'THE DRY DIGGINGS SCANDAL.', Launceston Examiner (Tas. : 1842 - 1899), 10 June, p. 3, viewed 8 June, 2014,
  3. Publicans of the 19th Century
  4. 1906 'ALARMING OUTBREAK AT DAYLESFORD.', The McIvor Times and Rodney Advertiser (Heathcote, Vic. : 1863 - 1918), 25 January, p. 2, viewed 8 June, 2014,
  5. 1917 'REINFORCEMENTS REFERENDUM.', Daylesford Advocate, Yandoit, Glenlyon and Eganstown Chronicle (Vic. : 1914 - 1918), 21 December, p. 3, viewed 8 June, 2014,
  6. 1918 'EXPRESSION OF THANKS.', Daylesford Advocate, Yandoit, Glenlyon and Eganstown Chronicle (Vic. : 1914 - 1918), 3 December, p. 3, viewed 8 June, 2014,

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