Goldfields Involvement, 1854
William Longhurst was a signatory on the 1853 Bendigo Petition, 
Post 1854 Experiences
DEATH OF MR. W. N. LONGHURST Among the many sudden deaths of the past few weeks is that of Mr W. N. Longhurst, founder of the Criterion Bread Factory, who died from heart failure at his residence yesterday morning, aged 67 years. The late Mr Longhurst, who was a native of Kent, came to Australia in 1852 and went to several gold rushes, more especially those at Pleasant Creek and in the vicinity of Ararat and Stawell. For a little while he was in the business as baker and storekeeper at Daisy Hill, near Maryborough, and finally settled in Ballarat and founded the business with which he was connected until his death. In his capacity of justice of the peace he attended the City Police Court on Wednesday, and then appeared to be in his usual health. On the following day he complained of being unwell, and taking to his bed on Friday, never rallied. While taking no prominent part in the public affairs of Ballarat, the late Mr Longhurst was a consistent supporter of the charitable institutions, and in a quieter way assisted many people in necessitous circumstances. He was the father of a family of nine, one of whom latey returned from active service in South Africa.
Corfield, J., Wickham, D., & Gervasoni, C. The Eureka Encyclopaedia, Ballarat Heritage Services, 2004.
- Bendigo Petition, State Library of Victoria
- Ballarat Courier, Monday April 7 1902, Page 6.