James Brazel

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Goldfields Involvement, 1854

Messrs viner, Leeder and Morris, solicitors, of London, have written to the Ballarat police, inquiring the where abouts between 1850 and 1884 of James Brosil or Brozel, wrho, according to the writer, spelt his name Brazel. The letter reads: — "Brozil, or. Brazel carried on business as a pedlar, and went about the country disposing of mattresses, clothes, etc., to the gold miners, and it occurs to us that pedlars in Australia would probably be under the control or licensed by the police, as in this country. Deceased was in Bal larat in 1854, at the time of the riots by the gold miners in connection with the levying on them of the license fee of 30/ a month, and we understand Brozil and his fellow pedlars, one or whom was Peter Lalor, who afterwards rose to a prominent public position in the colony, assisted the miners against, and dis charged firearms at, the police, and when some of the ringleaders were arrested and brought to trial Brozil left Ballarat, going up country, and did not return until he heard the miners were acquit ted and forgiven. It occurs to us that you probably have records of the licenses issued to pedlars in your office, and also records of most of the persons who took part in the miners' riot." The writer concludes by stating that the information is desired in connection with an estate left by Brozil. Mr Lalor was never a pedlar, and the police have no record of pedlars' licenses issued in the fifties. The cemetery, authorities are to look up the records to see if Brozil was buried in either of the local cemeteries. Evi dently he has survived, as his name is not on the tombstone of the miners who fell at Eureka.[1]

Post 1854 Activity

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Eureka Stockade


  1. Weekly Times, 19 November 1910.