James Moran

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Bendigo Goldfields Petition Cover, August 1853. State Library of Victoria (MS 12440)


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.

Goldfields Involvement, 1854

Post 1854 Experiences


A survivor of the Eureka Stockade riots, Jas. Moran, died at Windsor today, aged 74. [1]

The men who took part in the stirring incidents connected with the diggers’ revolt at Ballarat, when the Eureka Stockade was captured, are passing away. Another of them has gone, in the person of Mr. James Moran, who died at Windsor at the age of 74. He was a mate of the late Peter Lalor, and was with that gentleman half an hour before he received the shot which deprived him of his arm. The deceased was an old colonist, having arrived before the gold discoveries.[2]

Mr James Moran, of Lewisham road Windsor, died very suddenly at his residence on Wednesday night. He went to his room at about half past 7 o'clock, and shortly afterwards was found to be dying. The death was reported to the coroner, but it was not considered necessary to hold an inquest. Mr Moran was 80 years of age, and a very old colonist. In the fifties he worked on the Ballarat gold fields as a mate of Mr Peter Lalor, afterwards Speaker of the Legislative Assembly. He leaves A grown up family of six.[3]

See also

Bendigo Goldfields Petition

Ballarat Reform League Inc. Monuments Project

Further Reading

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


  1. Zeehan and Dundas Herald, 19 February 1904.
  2. Geelong Advertiser, Friday 19 February 1904, p. 1. Transcribed by Christine Stancliffe
  3. Argus (Melbourne), Friday 19 February 1904, p. 7. Transcribed by Christine Stancliffe

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