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
- FOUND DROWNED.
- Yesterday a man named Henry Moscrop, whilst out on the bay in a boat, found the dead body of a mun floating in the water near the old ship Macedon, which is anchored almost opposite the Port Melbourne Baths. He towed the body ashore and informed the police, who removed it to the local morgue. It is believed to be the body of a seaman named John M'Namara, 56 years of age, who has been missing since the 26th of June. He was last seen on that date staggering along the pier in a state of intoxication, and is supposed to have accidentally fllen into the water If the body is definitely identified this morning an inquest will be held during the course ot the day.
- The Argus, 02 August 1890.
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