Henry Hammon

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Hamman was born at Kent, England in 1829. Hammon married Elizabeth Coates on 16 June 1856. His second marriage was to Isabella Peter on 18 January 1870. Hammon died in 1907, and was buried at Creswick Cemetery[1] on 22 August 1907.[2]

Goldfields Involvement, 1854

Henry Hammon was living in Creswick in 1854 and was in the contingent of diggers who left Creswick for the Eureka Stockade.[3]

Samuel Thomas Gill, Refreshment Shanty, Ballarat, 1854, watercolour and gum arabic on paper.
Art Gallery of Ballarat, gift from the Estate of Lady Currie, 1963.

According to John Graham: The Creswick contingent set out on 30 November 1854 from a grog shanty at Long Point, Creswick led by an Hanovarian band playing the Marseillaise. It proceeded along the densely crowded Clark's Flat, where stump orations were delivered and licenses burnt. Firearms were eagerly sought, and crowbar and pick-handles came into requisition. The scratch army swelled as it passed along the Black Lead and the centre of town until it reached 400 to 500. Provisions, horses and ammunition were commandeered as they walked four deep towards Ballarat, but 'a heavy thunderstorm not only drenched their bodies but cooled their ardour', and not many reached the Eureka Stockade. The following day around 200 departed. One of these was Henry Hammon. [4]

Post 1854 Experiences

After the Eureka Stockade Hammon returned to his store at Creswick. [5]


A telegram was received in Creswick on Tuesday intimating that Mr Henry Hammon, sen., had died at the residence of his daughter. Mrs Wilkes, at Sandringham. The deceased gentleman was in business in, this town since 1853, being in the one shop the whole of the time. The late. Mr Hamman was for many years a member of the Borough Council, and was a most estimable citizen. A grown-up family of five girls and two sons survive him.[6]


Children of Henry Hammon









JUNCTION BRIDGE.— Our enterprising colonist, Mr. Henry Hammon, has received per-mission from the Commissioners to construct a bridge over the gully near the junction of Slaty Creek and Creswick's Creek. At present this gully is almost impassible for drays, and too much praise cannot be given to the projector for his spirited undertaking, as this is the principal route between Melbourne and Creswick.[7]

A Norman Lindsay nephew, Norman Wilkes, lately won the Military Cross. He is a grandson "of the late Henry Hammon, of Creswick (Vic.), where the Lindsays originated. ... [8]

See also

Further Reading

Corfield, J., Wickham, D., & Gervasoni, C. The Eureka Encyclopaedia, Ballarat Heritage Services, 2004.


  1. Wickham, D., Gervasoni, C. & Phillipson, W., Eureka Research Directory, Ballarat Heritage Services, 1999.
  2. http://search.cemsearch.com.au:8008/mapguide/Creswick/Public/index.php, accessed 25 August 2018.
  3. Wickham, D., Gervasoni, C. & Phillipson, W., Eureka Research Directory, Ballarat Heritage Services, 1999.
  4. Graham, John A. Early Creswick: The First Century, Arbuckle, Waddell Pty Ltd, Melbourne, 1942, p58.
  5. Wickham, D., Gervasoni, C. & Phillipson, W., Eureka Research Directory, Ballarat Heritage Services, 1999.
  6. Ballarat Star, 21 August 1907.
  7. Mount Alexander Mail, 04 May 1855.
  8. 06 September 1917.

External links

Burial site in Creswick Cemetery - http://search.cemsearch.com.au:8008/mapguide/Creswick/Public/index.php