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This may be Andrew Turnbull who was born 5 January 1831 at Dundee Forfarshire, [[Scotland]]. On 25 August 1849 he married Mary Yeaman Smith. A Presbyterian he described himself variously as a blacksmith, miner, Carter of granite, dealer and fruiterer.
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This may be Andrew Turnbull who was born 5 January 1831 at Dundee Forfarshire, [[Scotland]]. On 25 August 1849 he married Mary Yeaman Smith. He described himself variously as a blacksmith, miner, Carter of granite, dealer and fruiterer.
  
 
Andrew and Mary produced at least eight children. They emigrated on the [[Theodore]], arriving in Melbourne on 8 December 1852, with their first born Isabell Ramsay Turnbull.
 
Andrew and Mary produced at least eight children. They emigrated on the [[Theodore]], arriving in Melbourne on 8 December 1852, with their first born Isabell Ramsay Turnbull.

Revision as of 23:06, 12 February 2020

Signature of Andrew Turnbull from the 1853 Bendigo Goldfields Petition
Signature of Andrew Turnbull & others from the 1853 Bendigo Goldfields Petition
Bendigo Goldfields Petition Cover, August 1853. State Library of Victoria (MS 12440) and Condemned them to hard labor on the Public Roads of the Colony - A proceeding Your Petitioners maintain to be contrary to the spirit of the British Law which does not recognise the principle of the Subject being a Criminal because he is indebted to the State
That the impost of Thirty Shillings a Month is unjust because the successful and unsuccessful Digger are assessed in the same ratio
For these reasons and others which could be enumerated Your Petitioners pray Your Excellency to Grant the following Petition
* First. To direct that the Licence Fee be reduced to Ten Shillings a Month
* Secondly To direct that Monthly or Quarterly Licenses be issued at the option of the Applicants
* Thirdly To direct that new arrivals or invalids be allowed on registering their names at the Commissioners Office fifteen clear days residence on the Gold Fields before the License be enforced
* Fourthly To afford greater facility to Diggers and others resident on the Gold Fields who wish to engage in Agricultural Pursuits for investing their earnings in small allotments of land
* Fifthly To direct that the Penalty of Five Pounds for non-possession of License be reduced to One Pound
* Sixthly To direct that (as the Diggers and other residents on the Gold Fields of the Colony have uniformly developed a love of law and order) the sending of an Armed Force to enforce the License Tax be discontinued.
Your Petitioners would respectfully submit to Your Excellency's consideration in favour of the reduction of the License Fee that many Diggers and other residents on the Gold-fields who are debarred from taking a License under the present System would if the Tax were reduced to Ten Shillings a Month cheerfully comply with the Law so that the License Fund instead of being diminished would be increased
Your Petitioners would also remind your Excellency that a Petition is the only mode by which they can submit their wants to your Excellency's consideration as although they contribute more to the Exchequer that half the Revenue of the Colony they are the largest class of Her Majesty's Subjects in the Colony unrepresented
And your Petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray etc.
Red Ribbon Movement Monument in Rosalind Park, Bendigo [detail], 2013. Ballarat Heritage Services Picture Collection

Background

This may be Andrew Turnbull who was born 5 January 1831 at Dundee Forfarshire, Scotland. On 25 August 1849 he married Mary Yeaman Smith. He described himself variously as a blacksmith, miner, Carter of granite, dealer and fruiterer.

Andrew and Mary produced at least eight children. They emigrated on the Theodore, arriving in Melbourne on 8 December 1852, with their first born Isabell Ramsay Turnbull.

The family resided at Kangaroo Hill near Mount Franklin.Their second child Andrew was born in 1853 and their third child Johanna was born at Muckleford, Castlemaine, in 1854. Some of the signatures on the Petition were from miners in the Castlemaine area so it is possible Andrew senior signed the petition while working as a miner near Castlemaine.

Children John, Charles, Isabella, James and Mary followed.By 1856 the family was living at Forest Creek Fryer's Town.

He was admitted to the Yarra Bend Lunatic Asylum on 25 November 1893 after a suicide attempt. He was described as poor, stout build temperate life habits and quiet. He died at the Yarra Bend Asylum from choking on a piece of meat. The inquest findings included lung and brain disease. Andrew Turnbull was buried in April 1894 at Melbourne Cemetery.[1]

Goldfields Involvement, 1853-1854

Andrew Turnbull signed the 1853 Bendigo Goldfields Petition.

Post 1854 Experiences

See also

Bendigo Goldfields Petition

Ballarat Reform League Inc. Monuments Project

Further Reading

References

  1. Ancestry.com, Milbourne Family Tree

External links

https://blogs.slv.vic.gov.au/family-matters/collections/did-you-ancestor-sign-the-bendigo-goldfields-petition/


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