Timothy Quinn

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Bendigo Goldfields Petition Cover, August 1853 [detail]. 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.

Post 1854 Experiences


The funeral of the late Mrs. Honora Quinn. wife of Mr. Timothy Quinn, of Myer's Flat, took place yesterday to the Eaglehawk Cemetery, and was one of the largest seen in the district for some time. Deceased was very highly respected and a colonist of over 50 years, and leaves a widower, one son and two daughters, and was a native of Tipperary, Ireland. The coffin, which was covered with beautiful floral tributes, was borne to the graveside by Messrs. John Kett, James Kett, J. Clarkey, J. Riley. The Rev. Father Tehan read the service at the graveside, and the funeral was carried out by Messrs. Fizelle and Mulqueen.[1]


See also

Bendigo Goldfields Petition

Ballarat Reform League Inc. Monuments Project

Further Reading


  1. Bendigo Independent, 06 March 1915.

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