Goldfields Involvement, 1853-1854
Signed the 1853 Bendigo Goldfields Petition. 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
- Mr. George Dunderdale, an old colonist, and author of works on early colonial days, died on Sunday last at his residence, Windsor. Mr. Dunderdale was born at Claughton, Lancashire, in 1822, and was educated at the English College, Lisbon. After a few years on the Bendigo and other goldfields, he entered the Government service, and he was connected with the Crown Law, Customs and other departments for 30 years, at Colac and in South Gippsland. As Government Lands Officer at Colac, in the early sixties, he sold by ballot thousands of acres of the best grazing land in Victoria, which afterwards formed some of the leading Western district stations.
- Camperdown Chronicle, 01 January 1903.
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