Antonio Gomes Da Silva

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Signature of Antonio Gomes Da Silva who signed the 1853 Bendigo Goldfields Petition
Bendigo Goldfields Petition Cover, August 1853. State Library of Victoria (MS 12440)
Red Ribbon Movement Monument in Rosalind Park, Bendigo [detail], 2013. Ballarat Heritage Services Picture Collection

Background

Born 13 June 1830, Brazil. A note left by Joaquim Gomes daSilva said that: His father's name was Antonio Gomes daSilva, his grandfather: Jose Gomes daSilva, Himself being Joaquim G daSilva, his first wife Maria Dias [1]

Goldfields Involvement, 1853-1854

Antonio signed the 1853 Bendigo Goldfields Petition. Agitation of the Victorian goldfields started with the Forest Creek Monster Meeting in 1851, but what became known as the Red Ribbon Movement was centred around the Bendigo goldfields in 1853. The Anti-Gold License Association was formed at Bendigo in June 1853, led by George Thomson, Dr D.G. Jones and 'Captain' Edward Browne. The association focused its attention on the 30 shillings monthly licence fee miners were required to pay to the government. They drew up a petition outlining digger grievances and called for a reduced licence fee, improved law and order, the right to vote and the right to buy land. The petition was signed by diggers at Bendigo, Ballarat, Castlemaine, McIvor (Heathcote), Mount Alexander (Harcourt) and other diggings. The 13 metre long petition was presented to Lieutenant-Governor Charles La Trobe in Melbourne on the 01 August 1853, but their call for a reduction in monthly licence fees and land reform for diggers was rejected. The diggers dissatisfaction erupted into the Red Ribbon Rebellion where agitators wore red ribbons on their hats symbolising their defiance of the law and prohibitive licence fees.

Post 1854 Experiences

Naturalised Antonio Gourez Da Silva, aged 26 years, Naturalisation certificate number 7, dated 23/01/1856, Victoria Australia.

A. G. Silva, a well-know Portuguese died yesterday at his residence at Miller street. The deceased was 64 years of age and leaves several sons prominent in the Portuguese colony. The cause of Death was pneumonia. [2]

See also

Bendigo Goldfields Petition

Ballarat Reform League Inc. Monuments Project

Further Reading

References

External links

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


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