Joseph Simmonds

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Born Cornwall, England. [1]

Goldfields Involvement, 1854

Post 1854 Experiences


The late Mr Joseph Ancil Simmonds, a brief notice of whose death was published in Tuesday's Advocate, was one of the pioneers of mining in Victoria and New South wales. He was 85 years of age at the time of his death. A native of Cornwall, the late Mr. Simmonds came to Australia when a lad, and followed the diggings, being at some of the principal mining rushes in the late fifties and early sixties. He was at the Forbes diggings the early days, when this place was a "calico town," tenanted by many thousands of miners, all anxious to secure the valued gold. At Ballarat, in Victoria, the late Mr. Simmonds was present 'in the earlier stages of mining, and was at Eureka Stockade when Peter Lalor led the miners against the Government troops, as a protest against the abnormal fees charged the miners for mining licenses. Peter Lalor was hailed as one of the battlers of freedom in the southern State, and was afterwards elevated to the Victorian Legislative Assembly, being Speaker for many years.
Later in life the late Mr Simmonds moved on to Daylesford, Victoria, where he settled down, and reared a family of four sons and two daughters, all of whom, with the exception of Mrs. Sandegren, of Forbes, are residents of the southern State. About three months ago Mr Simmonds returned to Forbes, and resided with his daughter.
The deceased gentleman had been in rather indifferent health at Daylesford for some time, but showed much improvement on coming to Forbes. In fact, up until about eight days be fore his death, which occurred on Monday last, he was bright and cheerful. The ultimate cause of death was heart trouble.
The funeral on Wednesday morning last was to the Church of England cemetery, the Rev. F. M.'Oliver officiating at the grave. The funeral arrangements were in the hands of Mr.- T. Peasley. [2]

See also

Further Reading

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


  1. Forbes Advocate, 25 February 1925
  2. Forbes Advocate, 25 February 1925

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