George Basnett Evans was the son of Charles James Evans and Jane (Bennett). His father had died some time prior to the 1841 Census which showed his younger brother Charles James Evans aged 14 years working as an agricultural labourer. According to the 1851 British Census George Evans, 26 years of age was working as 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. Charles Evans, 24 years, was a servant, living with George Morgan, a draper and Sarah Morgan his wife, in Staffordshire. in 1851.
Many George Evans arrived in Victoria in the early 1850s so it is difficult to ascertain when George Basnett Evans emigrated.
Goldfields Involvement, 1854
George Evans, stationer, signed the Benden Sherritt Hassell Petition for Hassell's claim for compensation for injuries sustained on 28 November 1854 when the 12th Regiment marched into Ballarat past the Eureka Lead. George signed as G. B. Evans. His brother Charles Evans also signed the 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.
Fletcher and Evans signed a Petition of householders of Ballaarat requesting the establishment of a Municipality in 1855.
Corfield, J.,Wickham, D., & Gervasoni, C. The Eureka Encyclopaedia, Ballarat Heritage Services, 2004.
- Wickham, Dorothy, Shot in the Dark: Being the Petition for the Compensation Case of Benden S. Hassell, Ballarat Heritage Services, 1998.