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Charles. F. Amery
 
Charles. F. Amery
 
John Amery
 
John Amery
B. Ames
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B. Ames - Probably [[Benjamin Amies]]
 
Joseph Amess or Amels
 
Joseph Amess or Amels
 
Thomas Amner digger
 
Thomas Amner digger
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James or john armstrong
 
Arthur armstrong
 
Arthur armstrong
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[[Francis Armstrong]] -  
 
J. S. Armstrong
 
J. S. Armstrong
 
James armstrong
 
James armstrong
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John bell
 
John bell
 
Joseph bell
 
Joseph bell
Rd. Bell
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[[Rd. Bell]] - Probably Reginald Bell
 
Robert bell
 
Robert bell
 
Samuel bell
 
Samuel bell
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F. C. Bolton
 
F. C. Bolton
 
Charles bolton shoe maker
 
Charles bolton shoe maker
Thomas bona
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[[Thomas Bona]]
Thomas bona
 
 
Joseph bond digger
 
Joseph bond digger
 
Edward bond no occ. Given
 
Edward bond no occ. Given

Revision as of 10:45, 9 February 2019

Diggers Flag of 1853, 2013, From Bendigo Monument in Rosalind Park.

Background

Once thought to be lost, the Bendigo Goldfields Petition was discovered by chance lying in a pile of papers on a rubbish tip. Some 13 metres in length and bound in green silk, it’s a milestone document in the state’s history.[1]

The petition was signed by over 5000 diggers on the Victorian goldfields in mid-1853. At the time, the signatures represented about one in 12 diggers.[2]

In June 1853 an anti-gold licence association was formed at Bendigo to give voice to the diggers' many grievances about their conditions. The diggers were angry about the mining licence fees imposed by the government and the system by which they were collected.[3]

The petition was signed by miners across the state’s major goldfields and was brought to Melbourne and presented to Lieutenant-Governor Charles La Trobe on 01 August 1853. Most of its demands, including the reduction in the licence fee, were rejected. Eventually the diggers' dissatisfaction erupted, culminating in the Eureka Stockade uprising at Ballarat on 3 December 1854.[4]

Dr John Chapman, a Melbourne collector, purchased the petition from its discoverer and presented it to the State Library of Victoria in 1988. Its discovery is particularly valuable for historians and genealogists investigating the history of social and political events during the gold rushes in Victoria.[5]


See also

Anti-Gold Licence Association

Bendigo

Red Ribbon Rebellion

Further Reading

References

External links

http://www.slv.vic.gov.au/our-collections/treasures-curios/bendigo-goldfields-petition