John Dunlop was one of the earliest miners on the Ballarat diggings when he found gold in August 1851.  John Dunlop was a widower and dealer. Along with his friend James Regan settled at Golden Point in an area on Poverty Point. 
Goldfields Involvement, 1854
The Select Committee of late 1853 that sought to reward discoverers of Victorian goldfields, asked Dunlop when he arrived at Ballarat, When you arrived you are sure there was no one there? Dunlop replied, No; there was no sign of any one, only a few huts belonging to the natives. 
Post 1854 Experiences
Corfield, J.,Wickham, D., & Gervasoni, C. The Eureka Encyclopaedia, Ballarat Heritage Services, 2004.
- Clark, Ian D., Another Side of Eureka - the Aboriginal presence on the Ballarat goldfields in 1854- Were Aboriginal people involved in the Eureka rebellion?, University of Ballarat, 2007.
- Rash, Keith, "The Story of Eureka Stockade" IN ANAPress, No 5. December, 1973.
- Stacpoole 1971, p11).