Goldfields Involvement, 1854
John Wilson signed the 1853 Bendigo Goldfields Petition.
Post 1854 Experiences
Wilson was residing at Ballarat when he signed the Benden Hassell Petition in 1856.  A manuscript item is held in the State Library of NSW titled "Eureka Stockade". It contains information about John Wilson, Mount Egerton, 4 July 1856.  He writes:
- Tom Wilson came very near to getting shot on Monday night after the Stockade affair. The (Government) Camp took false alarm and kept up a continued fire all over the flat which is densely populated. For maore than 20 minutes the thickest of the fire fell were Tom was living, riddling the tents all around about.
- The ground had been rushed at one time but afterwards left doting the locality over with holes from three to four and five feet deep(one to 1.5 and 1.8 metres), to these holes the inhabitants crowded for safety and Tom among the rest. Unfortunatley the one he got into had been used for a certian purpose - but he won't tell how much soap it cost him to make his clothes nose sweet again though we often ask him.
J.B. Hummfray corroborated these events:
- On the Monday Night, the fourth of this month (December), I was on the flat a short distance from the bridge at about seven or eight o'clock when I heard the rapid and consecutive reports of an immense number of firearms, and I heard a number of bullets whiz over my head, and I sat upon the gound to escape the bullets. Robert Rede released a Proclamation on 3 December 1854 after the Eureka Battle.
Wickham, Dorothy, Shot in the Dark: Being the Petition for the Compensation Case of Benden S. Hassell, Ballarat Heritage Services, 1998.
- Wickham, Dorothy, Shot in the Dark: Being the Petition for the Compensation Case of Benden S. Hassell, Ballarat Heritage Services, 1998.
- Eureka Stockade, ML DOC 2771, 6-660c
- Eureka 150, Ballarat Courier Supplement, 24 November 2004.