Thomas Bass

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Walter E. Pidgeon, Illustration from The Eureka Stockade by Raffaello Carboni, Sunnybrook Press, 1942, offset print.
Art Gallery of Ballarat, purchased 1994.


Thomas Bass was born at Essex, England.[1]

Goldfields Involvement, 1854

Thomas Bass was a member of the 40th Regiment.

Post 1854 Experiences


Ex-Sergeant Thomas Bass, whose death took place at his residence, Louisa-street, Coburg, in his 81at year, was a native of Essex, and a colonist, of sixty years.
He was a member of the 40th Regiment, and was present at the Eureka riots. He was one of the men chosen from the 40th ranks to form the gold military escort from Bendigo to Castlemaine, Maryborough, and Avoca, and also from Ballarat to Geelong; and he also did service with the escort on the Stawell and Ararat line. After he left the escort he joined the police force. When he sent in his resignation he had been connected with the force for over 32 years. One of his smartest cases was the arrest of John Sumpter Coleman for the murder of Mr. Young, of Rose brook station, at Mount Cole, in the 'early days'. When arrested Coleman was a raving lunatic, and the officer had to bring him over 80 miles through the lonely bush to the nearest police court. [2]

See also


Further Reading

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


  1. Perth Daily News, 11 January 1913.
  2. Perth Daily News, 11 January 1913.