Charles Evans

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Bendigo Goldfields Petition Cover, August 1853. State Library of Victoria (MS 12440) and Condemned them to hard labor on the Public Roads of the Colony - A proceeding Your Petitioners maintain to be contrary to the spirit of the British Law which does not recognise the principle of the Subject being a Criminal because he is indebted to the State
That the impost of Thirty Shillings a Month is unjust because the successful and unsuccessful Digger are assessed in the same ratio
For these reasons and others which could be enumerated Your Petitioners pray Your Excellency to Grant the following Petition
* First. To direct that the Licence Fee be reduced to Ten Shillings a Month
* Secondly To direct that Monthly or Quarterly Licenses be issued at the option of the Applicants
* Thirdly To direct that new arrivals or invalids be allowed on registering their names at the Commissioners Office fifteen clear days residence on the Gold Fields before the License be enforced
* Fourthly To afford greater facility to Diggers and others resident on the Gold Fields who wish to engage in Agricultural Pursuits for investing their earnings in small allotments of land
* Fifthly To direct that the Penalty of Five Pounds for non-possession of License be reduced to One Pound
* Sixthly To direct that (as the Diggers and other residents on the Gold Fields of the Colony have uniformly developed a love of law and order) the sending of an Armed Force to enforce the License Tax be discontinued.
Your Petitioners would respectfully submit to Your Excellency's consideration in favour of the reduction of the License Fee that many Diggers and other residents on the Gold-fields who are debarred from taking a License under the present System would if the Tax were reduced to Ten Shillings a Month cheerfully comply with the Law so that the License Fund instead of being diminished would be increased
Your Petitioners would also remind your Excellency that a Petition is the only mode by which they can submit their wants to your Excellency's consideration as although they contribute more to the Exchequer that half the Revenue of the Colony they are the largest class of Her Majesty's Subjects in the Colony unrepresented
And your Petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray etc.


Charles James Evans was born in 1827 at Ironbridge, Shropshire England,[1] the son of Charles James Evans and Jane (Bennett). His father had died some time prior to the 1841 Census which showed his older brother George Basnett Evans aged 16 years working in a coal mine, and Charles 14 years working as an agricultural labourer. According to the 1851 British Census Charles Evans 24 years, was a servant, living with George Morgan, a draper and Sarah Morgan his wife, in Staffordshire. 1851 saw George Evans, now 26 years, an assistant to his milliner mother Jane, and John his younger brother, now 22 years of age, in business as a draper in an establishment in New Street, Wellington.

Many men with the name "Charles Evans" arrived in Victoria in the early 1850s so it is difficult to ascertain when Evans emigrated. One possibility is the Charles Evans who arrived on the Welllington or Duke of Wellington in January 1853.

Goldfields Involvement, 1854

George Evans and Charles Evans signed the Benden Sherritt Hassell compensation case for his claim of injuries on 28 November 1854 when the 12th Regiment marched into Ballarat past the Eureka Lead.[2] Charles Evans could also have signed the Bendigo Goldfields Petition.

Post 1854 Experiences

In July 1855, with Wheeler and Fletcher, Evans started the Ballarat Trumpeter. The printing office was on the Main Road, not far from the Eastern Market. It was published tri-weekly under the joint ownership and lasted about 12 months being the nucleus for the Ballarat Standard. [3]

Fletcher and Evans signed a Petition of householders of Ballaarat requesting the establishment of a Municipality in 1855.

See also

Thomas Fletcher

Further Reading

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


  1. Wright, Clare, The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka, The Text Publishing Company, Melbourne, 2013.
  2. Dorothy Wickham, Shot in the Dark, Ballarat Heritage Services, 1996.
  3. William Bramwell Withers, History of Ballarat, Niven & Co., 1870.

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