Andrew Lister

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Background

Andrew was born 1826 in North Shields, Northumberland, England. He was the elder son of Master Mariner Andrew Lister and Elizabeth Benson. Andrew followed his father into seafaring and became a ship's carpenter. Lured by the tales of easy gold, he "jumped ship" in California and headed to the diggings in the late 1840's, where he contacted and almost died from typhoid. He returned to the sea but gold fever gripped once again and he jumped ship in Australia and made his way to the diggings at Ballarat. [1]

Andrew died in Ballarat in March 1899 (aged 73) and Ellen died in 1912, having survived six of her children. [2] Andrew was a miner living at Mt Clear when he died. Lister was buried at Ballaarat New Cemetery on 24 March 1899. (WG ¾ 43).[3]

Goldfields Involvement, 1854

Lister was a participant in Eureka battle.

Post 1854 Experiences

In 1934, Emily Lister, the daughter of Andrew Lister wrote a letter briefly describing her parents experiences in colonial times. Emily concluded her letter with:

The family (the Holden/ings) arrived in Geelong but did not stay long as the news of the gold diggings at Ballarat attracted them and they went on there where my mother met my father, Mr. A. Lister. They were there during the [Eureka Stockade] battle, my father being in the battle, and I have heard him say he was next to the late Peter Lawlor [sic] when he was shot in the arm which he lost eventually. My father also witnessed the burning of Bentley's Hotel. They all lived in tents for some considerable time in and around Ballarat in the early fifties.[4]

Andrew and Ellen Lister remained in Ballarat and had a family of five boys and five girls, eight of whom survived infancy. According to family lore Andrew owned the Magpie and British Queen mines in Ballarat in the early years from which he made a considerable amount of money. He travelled to New Zealand during the hey-day of the gold rush there and lost it all in failed gold mining ventures, returning home "a broken man". [5]

See also

Further Reading

Corfield, J.,Wickham, D., & Gervasoni, C. The Eureka Encyclopaedia, Ballarat Heritage Services, 2004.


References

  1. Email from J. Lister to Ballarat Heritage Service, 26/11/2004.
  2. Email from J. Lister to Ballarat Heritage Service, 26/11/2004.
  3. Email from J. Lister to Ballarat Heritage Service, 26/11/2004.
  4. Email from J. Lister to Ballarat Heritage Service, 26/11/2004.
  5. Email from J. Lister to Ballarat Heritage Service, 26/11/2004.

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