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==Goldfields Involvement, 1854==
 
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[[George Black]], an influential member of the Ballarat Reform League, bought and edited the Diggers Advocate, a radical newspaper, launched in Ballarat by George Thompson and Henry [[Holyoake]]. The Diggers Advocate played an important role in the events leading up to the Eureka Rebellion.<ref>http://www.peacebus.com/Eureka/111128ToscanoMedia.html</ref>
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[[George Black]], an influential member of the Ballarat Reform League, bought and edited the Diggers Advocate, a radical newspaper, launched in Ballarat by George Thompson and [[Henry Holyoake]]. The Diggers Advocate played an important role in the events leading up to the Eureka Rebellion.<ref>http://www.peacebus.com/Eureka/111128ToscanoMedia.html</ref>
  
 
He was a voting member of the [[Ballarat Reform League]], and on 11 November 1854 he proposed a Ballarat Reform League resolution. Black was a [[Chartist]] who was not present during the battle. When McIntyre, Fletcher and Westerby were convicted of burning Bentley’s [[Eureka Hotel]] Black and Kennedy went to Melbourne to demand their release. Black and party presented a document to Governor [[Charles Hotham]] in Melbourne on November 27, and he spoke at the [[Bakery Hill]] Meeting on 29 November 1854. Black and Kennedy went to [[Creswick]] to gather support. <ref>Wickham, D., Gervasoni, C. & Phillipson, W., ''Eureka Research Directory'', Ballarat Heritage Services, 1999.</ref>
 
He was a voting member of the [[Ballarat Reform League]], and on 11 November 1854 he proposed a Ballarat Reform League resolution. Black was a [[Chartist]] who was not present during the battle. When McIntyre, Fletcher and Westerby were convicted of burning Bentley’s [[Eureka Hotel]] Black and Kennedy went to Melbourne to demand their release. Black and party presented a document to Governor [[Charles Hotham]] in Melbourne on November 27, and he spoke at the [[Bakery Hill]] Meeting on 29 November 1854. Black and Kennedy went to [[Creswick]] to gather support. <ref>Wickham, D., Gervasoni, C. & Phillipson, W., ''Eureka Research Directory'', Ballarat Heritage Services, 1999.</ref>

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Background

George Black was born in 1817. The brother of Alfred Black, George was well educated. Raffaello Carboni said he was born a gentleman, with pale cheeks, dry lips, clever eyes and sharp nose. [1]

A native of Nottingham, England, who had been active in Chartism from its early days, Black was a framework knitter and Methodist lay preacher who served as Nottingham delegate to the founding conference of the National Charter Association in 1840. There he warned delegates against setting subscriptions that the poor could not afford. By 1841, he had been forced out of his trade because of his political involvement and earned his living as an itinerant Chartist lecturer. Black served a short prison term for his violently expressed views, and was regarded as too radical by the Northern Star. Black and his brother Alfred Black migrated to Victoria, where he set up the Gold Digger's Advocate.[2]

George Black died in May 1879.

Goldfields Involvement, 1854

George Black, an influential member of the Ballarat Reform League, bought and edited the Diggers Advocate, a radical newspaper, launched in Ballarat by George Thompson and Henry Holyoake. The Diggers Advocate played an important role in the events leading up to the Eureka Rebellion.[3]

He was a voting member of the Ballarat Reform League, and on 11 November 1854 he proposed a Ballarat Reform League resolution. Black was a Chartist who was not present during the battle. When McIntyre, Fletcher and Westerby were convicted of burning Bentley’s Eureka Hotel Black and Kennedy went to Melbourne to demand their release. Black and party presented a document to Governor Charles Hotham in Melbourne on November 27, and he spoke at the Bakery Hill Meeting on 29 November 1854. Black and Kennedy went to Creswick to gather support. [4]

Post 1854 Experiences

Black stood for Parliament in 1856, but was soundly beaten by J.B. Humffray. According to William Baker, who was his parthner in a quartz crushing venture, Black was a Quaker. [5]

See also

Ballarat Reform League

Alfred Black

Ebenezer Syme

Further Reading

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

References

  1. Wickham, D., Gervasoni, C. & Phillipson, W., Eureka Research Directory, Ballarat Heritage Services, 1999.
  2. http://www.chartists.net/Chartists-in-Australia.htm
  3. http://www.peacebus.com/Eureka/111128ToscanoMedia.html
  4. Wickham, D., Gervasoni, C. & Phillipson, W., Eureka Research Directory, Ballarat Heritage Services, 1999.
  5. Wickham, D., Gervasoni, C. & Phillipson, W., Eureka Research Directory, Ballarat Heritage Services, 1999.

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