William Brownbill

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William Brownhill, who found gold at Brown Hill in 1851, told James Oddie of how he was caught without a licence, taken to the commissioner’s camp, and guarded by eight or nine black troopers, who in their uniform and polished boots, looked as proud as possible (Fels 1988, p. 212). [1]

William Brownbill died on 05 October 1911 and is buried at Tarnagulla Cemetery.[2]

Goldfields Involvement, 1854

Post 1854 Experiences


With the death of William Brownbill, which took place at Simpson's Creek on Friday there passed away another of the district pioneers. Mr Brownbill having been resident for the greater part of 65 years. Born in Lancashire, England, he came ot Victoria at an early age, and followed the occupation of a miner, afterwards taking up land, and turned this land to farming. At the age of 30 he married his wife, who predeceased him by many years, being Miss Sarah Brodrick of Avoca, and leaves a large family to mourn his loss, among whom are James and Thomas Brownbill, well known and highly respected residents of Simpson's Creek. Deceased was 86 years old, the cause of death being senile decay. The funeral which was largely attended, as held on Monday, the place of internment was the Tarnagulla Cemetery. The Church service was conducted by Brigadier McKenzie (Salvation Army).[3]

See also

Further Reading

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


  1. Clark, Ian D., Another Side of Eureka - the Aboriginal presence on the Ballarat goldfields in 1854- Were Aboriginal people involved in the Eureka rebellion?, University of Ballarat, 2007.
  2. http://www.tarnagulla.com/records/cemetery.html, accessed 03 October 2017.
  3. Inglewood Advertiser 10 September 1911.

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