John Kent

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Goldfields Involvement, 1854

Post 1854 Experiences


STIRRING INCIDENTS RECALLED. EUREKA PIONEER'S DEATH. BALLARAT.—Stirring incidents in Australia's early history were participated in by Mr. John Kent, pioneer, a dairyman, who died in Ballarat on Friday after three days' illness. He reached Ballarat from England at the age of eight years. When just a year older he was made prisoner, among a number of others, during the Eureka riot. He was soon afterwards liberated. He was driving the winch of the Red Hill Co-operative Gold Mining Company, Bakery Hill, Ballarat East, on 9th June, 1858, when the famous Welcome Nugget was discovered. It weighed 184lb. 9¾oz., but he was not a shareholder, merely being employed by the party, the sole survivor of which is Mr. W. Roberts, of Ballarat West. For more than 50 years Mr. Kent was a milk distributor. His son Roy is on active service. [1]

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Further Reading


  1. Bendigonian, 14 February 1918

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