Goldfields Involvement, 1854
John Williamson was an eyewitness of the Eureka Stockade.
Post 1854 Experiences
- Obituary.-The death of Mr. John Williamson, late of Boulder, which took place at Nungarra on the 3rd inst., removes another of the sturdy pioneers of the early 'fifties, and leaves a sorrowing widow and six sons and one daughter to mourn their loss. The late Mr. Williamson was born in Northampton, England, and came to Australia, landing at Adelaide, South Australia, prior to the first great gold rush. When the news of the rich gold finds as Bendigo and Ballarat reached Adelaide, he, with his parents, decided to make the overland trip from South Australia to Victoria, a journey fraught with many hard ships and dangers; but nothing daunted, these venturesome pioneers pushed their way through unknown country, and upon arrival at Ballarat, 'witnessed the stirring incidents in connection with the Eureka Stockade. After following mining for a number of years with varying success, he eventually became one of the pioneer farmers of Gippsland, Victoria, where he resided until hearing the news of Bayley's find at Coolgardie, when the restless spirit of the pioneer again evidenced itself, and the year 1894 saw him journeying to the west to begin the old pioneering days again. For some considerable time he followed dry-blowing, but seeing that there was money to be made in condensing plants, he built and owned several in this district. Latterly he had been doing some prospecting work at Mt. Monger, but six weeks ago, in company with one son, he started for the Black Range district, which place he had only just reached when he was taken seriously ill. From the first his medical attend ant held out no hope of his ultimate recovery, and on the 3rd inst. he passed quietly away He was a man of stirling qualities, beloved and respected by all who knew him.
Corfield, J.,Wickham, D., & Gervasoni, C. The Eureka Encyclopaedia, Ballarat Heritage Services, 2004.
- Kalgoorlie Western Argus, 7 May 1907.