John Amies

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Henry Winkles, Untitled [inside view of tent], 1850s, watercolour, pencil on paper.
Courtesy Art Gallery of Ballarat, Purchased with funds from the Colin Hicks Caldwell Bequest, 2004.


John Amies married Emma Williams in Shropshire so we assume they both arrived at Port Henry, Victoria, together and went to the goldfields of Ballarat sometime before June 1853 because that is when their first child, Elizabeth Anne Amies was born, possibly at Irishtown on the Eureka Lead near the Stockade site.[1]

Thomas Amies, the brother of John, emigrated on the vessel The Artemisia. He was amongst the first free settlers to Moreton Bay, Queensland in 1848.[2]

Goldfields Involvement, 1854

John Amies was a carpenter. With his wife Emma Amies (Williams) he lived in a tent inside the Eureka Stockade. Shots were fired at the tent when a candle was lit during a curfew. Sandbags were packed against the walls of the tent to protect their baby, Elizabeth Amies. [3]

Post 1854 Experiences

John died of Tuberculosis on the 7 August 1858 after contracting it two years earlier. Prior to his death he was a hotelier.   After John died Emma remarried. They were both buried in Ballarat.[4]

See also

Further Reading

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


  1. Family History notes from Peter Berlyn
  2. Dr Dorothy Wickham, Artemisia research
  3. Dorothy Wickham, Women of the Diggings: Ballarat 1854, Ballarat Heritage Services, 2009.
  4. Notes from Peter Berlyn

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