My 3rd great uncle Thomas Hitchcox (born 12 May 1837 and baptised 14 Jun 1837 at Brewood, Staffordshire) has been asked about in another question (Tracing police service of South Australian constable from 1855 to 1861?) and is a bit of an enigma because he lived in many places in South Australia and New South Wales, and although not yet confirmed, he may also have been a bigamist who changed his name to Thomas Cox and died in Tasmania in 1906.
Today I came across a newspaper notice in "The Express and Telegraph" of 28 Sep 1880:
I think the Thomas Hitchcox mentioned here may be him.
Are there government records available for the registration, and dissolution, of businesses in South Australia around 1880 that might list a few details about those conducting them?
Intriguingly there is a Thomas Hitchcoy [sic?], draper, recorded at Terowie (less than 50 miles from Paratoo) in the 1882, 1883 and 1884 Boothby Directories, and the occupation of draper was recorded for Thomas when he arrived in South Australia at the end of 1854 and also on the 1869 birth certificate of his third son Henry Francis Hitchcox (at Hartley, NSW).
In between the above records the New South Wales Government Gazette (Sydney, NSW : 1832 - 1900) of Fri 17 Mar 1882 [Issue No.119 (SUPPLEMENT)] on Page 1553
has No. 6. LIST OF LETTERS RETURNED FROM THE COUNTRY, AND NOW LYING AT THIS OFFICE UNCLAIMED had an item "107. Hitchcox, T., Mount Browne". Mount Browne was a mining area in north west NSW much more easily serviced from South Australia (like Broken Hill) than Sydney. It seems possible that he spent time at Mount Browne in the period 1880-1882 too.
The Thomas Hitchcox in this question does not appear to be the Thomas Hitchcox who was admitted to Adelaide's Destitute Asylum (GRG 28/5 Destitute Asylum Admissions 1870 - 1873, 1881 - July 1906) because that one was born about 1804 and arrived in the colony in a different ship (Bolton in 1849/50).