Nelson arrived in Australia prior to August 1853.
Goldfields Involvement, 1854
Thomas Nelson was a member of the Independent California Rangers. A carpenter from America, he was a leader of the Drilling Corps within the Eureka Stockade, being made Captain of the First Rifles. Nelson was described as"a fine built man, full of energy and life, who had a corps under him composed of the very best". With James McGill, Nelson was outside the stockade when it was stormed. Raffaello Carboni states that Nelson and Captain Charles Ross had gone out to intercept the expected troop attack and seize their arms and ammunition.
Post 1854 Experiences
Nelson is recorded on electoral roll for Ballarat as a miner.
Corfield, J.,Wickham, D., & Gervasoni, C. The Eureka Encyclopaedia, Ballarat Heritage Services, 2004.