Goldfields Involvement, 1854
Post 1854 Experiences
BALLAN (From our own Correspondent) One of the oldest pioneers of this district, Mr Robert Denholm, aged 74 years, died on Wednesday night, at his residence, after about a month’s illness. Deceased came to the colony in 1849, and after a brief residence in Melbourne made his way to this township, where he has since resided. He was first gazetted postmaster of Ballan, when Mr. Watt, of Bacchus Marsh, started the first mail coach in 1851. The deceased had a lively recollection of witnessing the hosts of passing goldseekers when on their way to Ballarat, and later to Blackwood; and seeing the soldiers camp at the spot where now stands St. John’s Anglican Church, when on the march for Ballarat to quell the Eureka outbreak. In those times eggs were 2/6 each, and flour £17 per bag.
- Bacchus Marsh Express, 4 December 1897.