News from Geelong
THE GOLD FIELDS
The whole town of Geelong is in hysterics. Gentlemen foaming at the mouth, ladies fainting, children throwing somersets, and all this on account of the extraordinary news from Buninyong. On Saturday afternoon, two gentlemen arrived from the Gold field, bringing the bewildering intelligence that a party of six had procured in one day 900 pounds24 worth of pure gold! ... But, good people all, beware: be not lead away by such an extraordinary piece of good luck as this, do not throw up good situations, or neglect a small profitable business, for the glittering chance of a fortune at the mines. Already, hard working men, who have tried the diggings, have returned to Geelong to take work at their old trades. The maddening excitement will soon abate again, and many of you will deeply regret the present imprudent rush to the mines.
Names associated with Living in Geelong
- Born in Geelong on 17 April 1842 I have now plassed my long journey having passed the 81st milestone in my long journey through life and as I can't expect to reach many more mileposts I now make this solemn statement and it may not be long befoe I will have to make my maker to give an account of doings in this would and I now say it was my father Patrick Carroll who took all the risk in Lalors escape I his son was the one who drove the dray In which he rode and after three days and nights we arrived safely in Geelong.
- Michael Carroll 
- BALLARAT. THE BIRTH OF THE GOLD FIELD. A COMMEMORATIVE MOVEMENT.
- Mr. James Oddie, F.G.S., of Ballarat, who organised in December last the demonstra tion in celebration of the 50th anniversary of tlie Eureka Stockade, and which was at tended by old diggers from nearly all partsof Australia, is desirous of starting a move ment having for its object the recognition of the part residents of Geelong took in con nection with the first discovery of gold at Ballarat in 1851. Mr. Oddie, who arrived in Corio Bay in the Larpent towards the close of the forties, and lived in Geelong for several years prior to 1851, states that the gold dis coveries at Ballarat Were really due to the enterprise of two parties of Geelong pioneers, organised by Messrs. Connor and Mer-rick. He was a member of one of the par-, which operated with great success at Golden Point. Their discoveries were followed by the great rush, which resulted in the opening up of an immense field. Mr. Oddie, who erected at a cost of £1500 the statue in Sturt-street of Peter Lalor, proposes that a monument should be raised in Geelong to the memory of Messrs. Connor and Merrick snd their parties, and he is anxious to join in any movement with that object. Failing the erection of a monu ment, he proposes that a tablet should be placed in the Geelong Town Hall, together with a brief history of the early Ballarat gold fields, embodying the names of the Geelong pioneers, who led the way in the discoveries at Golden Point, Eureka and other places.
- A HISTORY OF GEELONG WANTED. Mr. Oddie regrets that a history of Geelong has not yet been written, on the lines of Withers's "History of Ballarat," and says it would be well if some enterprising publisher were to take the matter in hand before death removes the few remaining pioneers who could supply the information necessary to make an interesting book of 400 or 500 pages. He states that if the sug-gestion were adopted he would place at the disposal of a publisher a large quantity of valuable information regarding the early days of Geelong, together with sketches of public men, photos and statistical records. Mr. David Ham, ex-M.L.C., of Ballarat, who arrived in Geelong in 1849, announces that he would be willing to assist in the compilation of a history of the town, With the stirring affairs of which was closely associated in the early fifties. Mr. Oddie points out that there are still living in Geelong a number of the early pioneers, including Mr. G. F. Belcher, who could also sup ply a deal of information in respect to olden times, and all could be turned to useful account in the way suggested.
- Argus, Monday 29 September 1851
- Transcription of a hand written document in the collection of the Gold Museum.
- The Age, 21 July 1905.