Born around 1820 in Maidstone Kent, England, John Jones was married on 8 July 1859 at St James Cathedral Church, Melbourne to Elizabeth Moylan.
Goldfields Involvement, 1854
Oral history passed down through family suggests that John Jones participated in the Eureka Stockade Battle on 3 December 1854. His eldest son told the story to Frank Burgman, the husband of a great grand daughter of the Eureka Stockade participant. The details are as follows as told by his great great grand-daughter Denise A'Hearn:
John Jones was mining for gold on the Ballarat Goldfields and he fought with the rebel miners against the Government troops at Eureka Stockade, losing one of his eyes in the battle. Thereafter he displayed a strong dislike of police/troopers. John Jones was said to have mined for gold at a number of locations in Victoria, including Carisbrook, Dunolly, Reedy Creek near Bradford, Woods Point, Ballarat and Acheron near Alexandra.
Post 1854 Experiences
It seems likely that John met Elizabeth Moylan at Broadford in central Victoria around 1855. Their first child John was born in 1856. A second son, Charles was born at Reedy Creek in 1861, followed by a daughter Elizabeth in 1863 and another son, Thomas William in 1866. The family (minus John Jones) moved to the Dookie/Major Plains area near Shepparton in early to mid 1870s. John Jones Junior leased and then purchased a property in Major Plains. Elizabeth lived there with her son and his wife Ruth, and their nine children until her death aged 90 years, in 1922. She is buried in Devenish Cemetery. The whereabouts of John Jones grave remains unknown.
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.
- Correspondence, Denise A'Hearn, 17 September 2008