William Blazence?

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Arrival of the 12th Regiment

On 11 November 1854, at a huge meeting on Ballarat’s Bakery Hill, the Ballarat Reform League was formed. Many Chartists were involved in the formation of resolutions, such as the abolition of the miners’ and storekeepers’ licenses, the privilege of manhood suffrage, parliamentary reform, and the reform of law on the goldfields.

On 28 November 1854 a detachment of the 12th Regiment entered Ballarat between nine and ten o’clock at night and marched through the Eureka Diggings accompanied by some transport waggons. An incident ensued which resulted in injuries to the Drummer Boy, John Egan; the publican, Benden Hassell; and the carter, George Young. This is the incident which is described below.

Goldfields Involvement, 1854

William was a miner residing at Ballarat when he signed the Benden Hassell Petition in 1856. [1]

Post 1854 Experiences

See also

Further Reading

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


  1. Wickham, Dorothy, Shot in the Dark: Being the Petition for the Compensation Case of Benden S. Hassell, Ballarat Heritage Services, 1998.

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