Fletcher was a printer whose office was on the Main Road, not far from the Eastern Market. He printed 100 posters calling for diggers to meet on Bakery Hill.
Goldfields Involvement, 1854
The men accused of destroying the Eureka Hotel, Henry Westerby, Thomas Fletcher and Andrew McIntyre, were convicted and sentenced to our months imprisonment in November 1854, although accounts have him nowhere near the hotel. J.B. Humffray, Black and Thomas Kennedy, representing the Ballarat Reform League demanded the release of these prisoners on 27 November 1854. It was a fatal mistake, as the use of the word “demand” strengthened Governor Hotham’s resolve for control. His friend, Samuel Lazarus, was not allowed to visit him in the lock-up. 
Samuel Irwin's account records: "They at last picked out three scape-goats. One was McIntyre, now in comfortable circumstances in Glasgow, who had used his best endeavors to restrain the crowd at Bentley's from overt act. Another was Fletcher, a printer, whose office was on the Main road, not far on the Eastern Market side of Twentyman and Stamper's. Fletcher, from all that can be learned, was not off the Main road the day of the fire, and certainly was not farther than the Prince Albert hotel in that direction. Westerby, the third man, has been asserted to be equally innocent with Fletcher in the transaction." 
- Names of persons arrested in connection of having been connected in the riot at Eureka (being the burning I'd Bentley's Hotel).
- Date of Arrest Name How disposed of
- Oct 21, Andrew McIntyre , Committed for trial Geelong 26 Nov.
- Oct 21, Thomas Fletcher, Committed for trial Geelong, 26 Nov.
- Oct 26, Henry Westerby, Committed for trial Melbourne, 15th Nov.
- Oct 26, Manestra Flatow, discharged
- Oct 26, Samuel Butler, discharged
- Oct 26, Albert Hurd, Committed for trial Melbourne 15th Nov. On bail
- Oct 27, John Balderston, discharged
- Oct 27, George McIntosh, discharged
- Oct 27, Charles Stewart, discharged
Post 1854 Experiences
In July 1855, with Wheeler and Evans, Fletcher started the Ballarat Trumpeter. It was published tri-weekly under the joint ownership and lasted about 12 months being the nucleus for the Ballarat Standard. 
Fletcher and Evans signed a Petition of householders of Ballaarat requesting the establishment of a Municipality in 1855.
Fletcher died in 1869 and was buried in the Ballaarat Old Cemetery on 9 January 1869.
Corfield, J., Wickham, D., & Gervasoni, C. The Eureka Encyclopaedia, Ballarat Heritage Services, 2004.
- Wickham, D., Gervasoni, C. & Phillipson, W., Eureka Research Directory, Ballarat Heritage Services, 1999.
- William Bramwell Withers, History of Ballarat, 1870, p. 57.
- PROV, VPRS 1189, Unit 153, File J54 12-469.
- William Bramwell Withers, History of Ballarat, 1870, p. 42.