Goldfields Involvement, 1853-1854
Signed the 1853 Bendigo Goldfields Petition. Agitation of the Victorian goldfields started with the Forest Creek Monster Meeting in 1851, but what became known as the Red Ribbon Movement was centred around the Bendigo goldfields in 1853. The Anti-Gold License Association was formed at Bendigo in June 1853, led by George Thomson, Dr D.G. Jones and 'Captain' Edward Browne. The association focused its attention on the 30 shillings monthly licence fee miners were required to pay to the government. They drew up a petition outlining digger grievances and called for a reduced licence fee, improved law and order, the right to vote and the right to buy land. The petition was signed by diggers at Bendigo, Ballarat, Castlemaine, McIvor (Heathcote), Mount Alexander (Harcourt) and other diggings. The 13 metre long petition was presented to Lieutenant-Governor Charles La Trobe in Melbourne on the 01 August 1853, but their call for a reduction in monthly licence fees and land reform for diggers was rejected. The diggers dissatisfaction erupted into the Red Ribbon Rebellion where agitators wore red ribbons on their hats symbolising their defiance of the law and prohibitive licence fees.
Post 1854 Experiences
- BIRTH. At Kangaroo, Fryer's Creek, on the 10th instant, Mrs George Gaull of a son.
Possibly the son of George Gaull
- MR. GEORGE GAULL.
- It is with regret that we have to record the death of one of the oldest residents of the town, and district in the person of Mr. George Gaull, who passed away in the Jerilderie District Hospital on Tuesday evening last after a lingering illness of some months. Deceased who was ordinarily in robust health first took ill about six months ago, and went to Melbourne for medical advice. He gradually became worse and some weeks ago entered the Jerilderie District Hospital, where he remained as a patient until his death as above stated. The late Mr Gaull was born in Ballarat 77 years ago, and came to this district as a young man in 1876. For some years he was employed as a station hand on Goolgumbla, and subsequently acquired a holding on Booroobanilly. He settled there and worked his farm for over forty years, eventually selling out about 14 years ago. He then retired from active pursuits, and purchased a small property some three mils out of the town where he resided up till his death. There was no more popular personality in the town than the late Mr Gaull. For years he took a keen interest in the various public and sporting organisations, and was a man of most upright intentions, and sterling worth. Whenever an apppointment requiring honesty and integrity was to be made, deceased was always the first one approached, and his services were always cheerfully given to the different bodies that required his assistance. The town and district is the poorer for his passing, and the news was received with widespread expressions of regret. The late Mr. Gaull was twice married, and is survived by his widow, to whom general sympathy is expressed in her sad bereavement. One son pre-deceased him by many years. Deceased's remains will be interred in the Presbyterian portion of the Jerilderie Cemetery to-day (Thursday).
- Mount Alexander Mail, 17 October 1856.
- Jerilderie Herald, 14 June 1934.
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