Goldfields Involvement, 1854
Samuel Lazarus, a friend of Thomas Fletcher, was not allowed to visit him in the lock-up. 
Fletcher printed 100 posters calling for diggers to meet on Bakery Hill.
The men accused of destroying the Eureka Hotel, Henry Westerby, Thomas Fletcher and Andrew McIntyre, were convicted and sentenced to our months imprisonment in November 1854, although accounts have him no where near the hotel. J.B. Humffray, Black and Thomas Kennedy, representing the Ballarat Reform League demanded the release of these prisoners on 27 November 1854. It was a fatal mistake, as the use of the word “demand” strengthened Governor Charles Hotham’s resolve for control.
Post 1854 Experiences
In July 1855, with Wheeler and Evans, Fletcher started the Ballarat Trumpeter. Fletcher and Evans signed a Petition of householders of Ballaarat requesting the establishment of a Municipality in 1855. The printing office was on the Main Road, not far from the Eastern Market.
Corfield, J.,Wickham, D., & Gervasoni, C. The Eureka Encyclopaedia, Ballarat Heritage Services, 2004.