Report from the Select Committee on Gold Prospectors : together with the proceedings of the Committee, minutes of evidence, and appendix
"Ordered by the Legislative Assembly to be printed, 12th June, 1863"
Committee: Benjamin Davies, George Evans, James Francis, William Frazer, James Grant, John Houston, Thomas Lambert, William McCann, William McLellan and John Woods
On 7th May, 1963, it was moved that the Committee be increased by two. Alexander Smith and John Orr became the additional members
Witnesses: C. Warburton Carr (officially connected with goldfields 1858, residence Anderson's Creek), Henry Frencham (residence near Anderson's Creek), Patrick Geraghty (claimed discoverer Emerald goldfield), Peter Gleeson (residence on the Jamieson), William Gooley (claimed discoverer Upper Goulburn goldfield), William McCrea (claimed discoverer of Emerald, Britannia and Nicholson goldfields), John Richard McEvoy (claimed discoverer Emerald goldfield), Joseph Pollard (claimed discoverer Ararat goldfield), Peter Henry Smith [also given as Philip Henry Smith] and John Walsh (claimed discoverer Emerald goldfield)
Witnesses during Session 1861-2: John Wood Beilby (claimed discoverer Navarre goldfield), Francis Bennie (miner Redcastle goldfield), Samuel Bolton (manager for Mr Clarke, on the reefs, on the machine), John Clarke (claimed discoverer Redcastle goldfield), Andrea Francktovick (miner, claimed discoverer Redcastle and Sclavonia Reef goldfields), E. S. Hill/Edward Hill (claimed discoverer Mount Blackwood goldfield), George Hilton (prospector), George Robert Hyde (manager for Mr Robertson's sheep station on the Campaspe), James Law (claimed discoverer Navarre goldfield), Charles Maplestone (architect Vic. govt.), Robert Miller (claimed discoverer Campbell's goldfield), Patrick O'Hannigan (claimed discoverer Emerald goldfield), John Omand (corn chandler Richmond), Andrew Pate (claimed discoverer Barkly goldfield, formerly Canadian Flat, Navarre), William Pierce (claimed discoverer The Alma goldfield), Lancet Smith (residence Redcastle), R. Brough Smyth (sec. for Mines), Captain Standish (former asst. gold fields commissioner Ballaarat district), Alexander Thompson (miner, claimed discoverer of Inglewood goldfield) and Dumas Touquoy (miner, claimed discoverer Campbell's goldfield, Ararat district)
Appendix: Minutes of evidence taken before the Select Committee during Session 1861-2
Evidence includes: Gold license - three months, dated 10th Apr. 1854 - signed Michl. Burtt, Commissioner p. 10, bill for mining supplies from Jos. Pollard to Jas. Crisp p. 11, letter 16th May 1862 from Jones and Lowe to Wm. McLellan MLA p. 11, 2 declarations 13th Jan. 1862 & 30th June 1863 by Edward C. Webb, certified by J. G. Taylor, P.M. p. 11, letter 11th Feb. 1861 from Jno. P. Rodd, one of Pollard's party to Wm. McLellan MLA p. 12, and declaration 2nd May 1861 by Alexander Baird, certified by Fred. Gamson JP p. 12
Evidence Session 1861-2 includes: No. 42 Warden's grant, 24th Nov. 1859 - signed Grahm. Webster, Warden's Office, Korong p. 12, certificate certifying Messrs. Thompson and Co. were discoverers of Inglewood goldfield - signed John Catto, late mining surveyor Korong Division, Maryborough Mining District p. 13, letter 20th Mar. 1862 from Rev. Wm. Hall to the Chairman, Prospectors' Committee p. 13, letter 25th Mar. 1862 from R. D. Ireland, attorney general p. 13, document re: Emerald diggings, dated 20th Mar. 1862 - signed C. Warburton Carr P.M., warden Anderson's Creek p. 14, tables listing discoverers of gold fields - signed R. Brough Smyth, sec. for Mines p. 14-15, letter 16th Apr. 1862 from E. T. Barnard, Warden, to John Clarke, Clarke's Hotel, Redcastle p. 16, application made by Andrea Francktovick for increased prospecting claim on Jone's Reef - signed R. W. Horne, Warden p. 20, and letter 30th June 1855 from J. Moore, A.C.S. to Edward Hill, Lesney St., Richmond p. 26
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