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William Hicks attended the Ballarat School of Mines obtaining a certificate of Competency as an Assayer in 1905.
 
William Hicks attended the Ballarat School of Mines obtaining a certificate of Competency as an Assayer in 1905.
  
William Hicks was elected Mayor of [[Sebastopol]] Council and was a Director of the Carroll Co. in 1886.<ref>http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~carrick/Ballarat%20a%20to%20b.html  accessed 15 March 2013.</ref>
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William Hicks was elected Mayor of [[Sebastopol]] Council and was a Director of the Carroll Co. in 1886.
 
 
Former Mayor of Sebastopol
 
  
 
Old Boys ... W. Hicks, Mill owner, Mulwarrie, West Australia.<ref>Ballarat School of Mines Students' Magazine, Fourth Term, 1908, p14.</ref>
 
Old Boys ... W. Hicks, Mill owner, Mulwarrie, West Australia.<ref>Ballarat School of Mines Students' Magazine, Fourth Term, 1908, p14.</ref>

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Bendigo Goldfields Petition Cover, August 1853. State Library of Victoria (MS 12440) That the impost of Thirty Shillings a Month is unjust because the successful and unsuccessful Digger are assessed in the same ratio
For these reasons and others which could be enumerated Your Petitioners pray Your Excellency to Grant the following Petition
* First. To direct that the Licence Fee be reduced to Ten Shillings a Month
* Secondly To direct that Monthly or Quarterly Licenses be issued at the option of the Applicants
* Thirdly To direct that new arrivals or invalids be allowed on registering their names at the Commissioners Office fifteen clear days residence on the Gold Fields before the License be enforced
* Fourthly To afford greater facility to Diggers and others resident on the Gold Fields who wish to engage in Agricultural Pursuits for investing their earnings in small allotments of land
* Fifthly To direct that the Penalty of Five Pounds for non-possession of License be reduced to One Pound
* Sixthly To direct that (as the Diggers and other residents on the Gold Fields of the Colony have uniformly developed a love of law and order) the sending of an Armed Force to enforce the License Tax be discontinued.
Your Petitioners would respectfully submit to Your Excellency's consideration in favour of the reduction of the License Fee that many Diggers and other residents on the Gold-fields who are debarred from taking a License under the present System would if the Tax were reduced to Ten Shillings a Month cheerfully comply with the Law so that the License Fund instead of being diminished would be increased
Your Petitioners would also remind your Excellency that a Petition is the only mode by which they can submit their wants to your Excellency's consideration as although they contribute more to the Exchequer that half the Revenue of the Colony they are the largest class of Her Majesty's Subjects in the Colony unrepresented
And your Petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray etc.

 

Red Ribbon Movement Monument in Rosalind Park, Bendigo [detail], 2013. Ballarat Heritage Services Picture Collection

 

Background

 

Goldfields Involvement, 1853-1854

  William Hicks signed the 1853 Bendigo Goldfields Petition as Wm Hicks. Agitation of the Victorian goldfields started with the Forest Creek Monster Meeting in 1851, but what became known as the Red Ribbon Movement was centred around the Bendigo goldfields in 1853. The Anti-Gold License Association was formed at Bendigo in June 1853, led by George Thomson, Dr D.G. Jones and 'Captain' Edward Browne. The association focused its attention on the 30 shillings monthly licence fee miners were required to pay to the government. They drew up a petition outlining digger grievances and called for a reduced licence fee, improved law and order, the right to vote and the right to buy land. The petition was signed by diggers at Bendigo, Ballarat, Castlemaine, McIvor (Heathcote), Mount Alexander (Harcourt) and other diggings. The 13 metre long petition was presented to Lieutenant-Governor Charles La Trobe in Melbourne on the 01 August 1853, but their call for a reduction in monthly licence fees and land reform for diggers was rejected. The diggers dissatisfaction erupted into the Red Ribbon Rebellion where agitators wore red ribbons on their hats symbolising their defiance of the law and prohibitive licence fees.  

Post 1854 Experiences

 

See also

  Bendigo Goldfields Petition   Ballarat Reform League Inc. Monuments Project  

Further Reading

 

References

 

External links

  https://blogs.slv.vic.gov.au/family-matters/collections/did-you-ancestor-sign-the-bendigo-goldfields-petition/  


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Notes

William Hicks attended the Ballarat School of Mines obtaining a certificate of Competency as an Assayer in 1905.

William Hicks was elected Mayor of Sebastopol Council and was a Director of the Carroll Co. in 1886.

Old Boys ... W. Hicks, Mill owner, Mulwarrie, West Australia.[1]

References

  1. Ballarat School of Mines Students' Magazine, Fourth Term, 1908, p14.

Further Reading

External links