Tomlinson and South

Tomlinson and South

The Hororata Hotel in 1898 or 1899
Thomas Charles Hickson, Proprietor
Hickson purchased the Hororata Hotel in January 1898, in June 1899 the hotel was transferred to Thomas West.
by Tomlinson and South

A Painful Tragedy. 
Death In An Hotel. 
A Chambermaid's Terrible Shock. 

This morning Thomas Charles Hickson, a publican, was found dead in his bedroom at the Al Hotel with his throat cut. It appears that Hickson, who has recently taken the Waiau Hotel, came into town by last night's north train, and engaged a room at the Al Hotel. He, with a friend who came down with him and also engaged a room at the same hotel, went out into town, and after having supper at Fail's Restaurant they spent the evening at Dix's Entertainment. They returned to the hotel about 10.30, and Hickson retired to bed almost immediately. This morning he came down to breakfast, and appeared well and cheerful. Shortly after breakfast he went out for a walk and returned about 10.30, and proceeded upstairs. Soon afterwards a chambermaid went to the bedroom to finish tidying it. To her horror she saw Hickson lying on the bed with a frightful gash in his throat, quite dead, and there was a new razor on the floor beside the bed. Mr Fox, the landlord, immediately telephoned for Dr Thomas, but on this arrival he could only pronounce life to be extinct. The police were informed, and the body was removed to the Morgue to await an inquest. It is understood that Hickson purchased the razor from an ironmonger close to the Al Hotel. 

Hickson was about fifty years of age, and leaves a wife, but no family. He was well known in Christchurch. When the Canterbury Tramway Company first started in Christchurch he was one of the first tram guards employed, and in that position was very popular. He left the employ of the company to act as storeman for the New Zealand Loan and Mercantile Agency Company, a position which be held for several years. He afterwards had the Coalgate Hotel and the Albion Hotel at Lyttelton, and upon leaving that he went for a trip to England. Upon returning he purchased the Sheffield Hotel, and lately sold that, and about a couple of months ago he took possession of the hotel at Waiau Ferry
 Star, Issue 7496, 2 September 1902 

The Hororata Hotel
The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Canterbury Provincial District] 
1903, Christchurch

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