Goldfields Involvement, 1853-1854
John Twentyman signed the Bendigo Goldfields Petition in 1853.
Post 1854 Experiences
- DEATH OF ANOTHER PIONEER
- MR JOHN TWENTYMAN.
- Death yesterday removed from Ballarat East an old personality in the person of Mr John Twentyman, tailor, of Bridge street, who expired somewhat suddenly yesterday morning after a brief illness, The deceased gentleman, who was seventy years of age, was taken ill on Thursday last with inflammation of the bowels, and despite the unremitting care of Drs Salmon and Morrison, gradually sank. The end, however, though not unexpected, came rather suddenly. Mr Twentyman was born near Exeter. in Devonshire, and came to this Colony in 1851. He travelled to Ballarat very shortly after arriving in Melbourne, and com menced business in Bridge street 15 years ago with Mr Stamper. The firm oF Twentyman and Stamper carried on business up to fifteen years ago, when Mr Stamper retired, and Mr Twentyman continued the businsss up to the time of his death. The old firm com menced business two years before Ballarat East was surveyed. He was the first assessor of the Town of Ballarat, when the civic district was first proolaimed, having as a partner Mr W. Scott, and their duties were in part the same as are now carried out by the revision court. He was one of the first members of the labor committee, and in that capacity administered the affairs of the Free Library for over thirty years. He was, how. ever, of such a retiring disposition that he refused the presidency of that institute no less than eight times. It is a curious fact that the deceased gentleman was one of the three re maining original tradesmen who started business In Bridge street in 1854, the others being Mr W. Scott and Mr A. M. Simmons. Mr Twenty man was a president and vice-president of the Benevolent Asylum for many years, and his active interest in that institution was well known and highly appreciated. He was one of the most benevolent and charitable of our citizens, and his unaffected and modest way of distributing his alms took the sting of charily in its worldly sense away. The deceased gentleman married some 37 years ago, and his wife died some 18 months ago. He was a man held in the highest respect by all classses , and though he never entered public life, took the keenest interest in municipal affairs, and exercised a strong power in the promotion of such institutes for the benefit of his fellow man as the Free Library. He leaves a grown up family of sons and daughters, one of the latter of whom, Mrs Ditchburn, was recently widowed. Much regret was expressed in Bridge street yesterday when the tidings of is demise became known.
- Ballarat Star, 31 January 1899.
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