Frederick Lement Ladbury was born at Wednesbury, Staffordshire, England.
- On the 26th inst., by special license, at St. Stephen's, Richmond, by the Rev. T. C. Perks, Mr.
Frederick Clement Ladbury, of Bendigo, (son of the late Robert Ladbury, Esq., surgeon, Wednesbury, England,) to Catharine, daughter of Mr. Samuel Argyle, late of Heage, Derbyshire, England.
Goldfields Involvement, 1853-1854
Frederick Ladbury signed the 1853 Bendigo Goldfields Petition, listing himself as working at the dispensary in Bendigo. 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
- I feel highly honored by the requisition which I have received emanating from a body of gentlemen possessing so great an interest in the success of Sandhurst.
- As an old resident of Sandhurst, my interests are, like yours, indentifled with its progress; and I certainly am of opinion that it behoves yon to select men as your representatives in the Municipal Council who by a vigilant supervision of the taxes and a zealous care of their appropriation to the purposes contemplated by the Legislature, may prevent that progress having a downward tendency.
- As you, gentlemen, think that my knowledge of the wants of the town and the feelings of the people may be made available in supplying those wants, and in acting in unison with those feelings, I have muoh pleasure in acceding to the request with whioh yon honor me by becoming a candidate for one of the vacant seats in the Municipal Council.
- Should I be elected as one of the representatives of the Municipality of Sandhurst, I can only promise that by an assiduous attendance at Council, and a zealous attention to your interests whilst there, to endeavour to merit a continuance of the high opinion which you now entertain of me.
- I have the honor to be, Gentlemen,
- Your most obedient servant,
- FREDERICK. C. LADBURY. Sandhurst, 8th January, 1858.
- An Early Bendigo Gold Buyer.—Mr. Frederick C. Ladbury, a very old colonist, died at his residence, Moonee Ponds, last week. He came to Victoria from Wednesbury, Staffordshire, in 1849, and on the discovery of the Bendigo goldfield he at once went there, and was the first gold buyer on the field. He was one of the first committeemen of the Bendigo Jockey Club. He afterwards joined the Railway department, retiring only a few years back. Latterly he has been living privately at Moonee Ponds, where he died at the age of 84.<ref<Bendigo Independent, 12 February 1901.</ref>
- The Argus, 29 September 1854.
- Bendigo Advertiser, 12 January 1858.
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