Thomas Hiscock

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Descendants of Thomas Hiscock, 1951. Federation University Historical Collection (Cat.No. 1240 )

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History

Thomas Hiscock was born in 1812 at Shinfield near Reading, Berkshire, England.[1]


He arrived at Geelong in 1841 on the Caroline,[2] and worked as a blacksmith. [3]


In 1851 he discovered the first gold at Buninyong.[4] He later became a storekeeper at Buninyong.


Thomas Hiscock died aged 46 on 25 July 1855 at Buninyong and is buried in the Buninyong Cemetery. [5]

Legacy

Thomas Hisckock was a blacksmith at Buninyong. <ref.http://eurekapedia.org/Eureka_-_The_Buninyong_Connection, accessed 28/08/2014.</ref> On 8 August 1851[6] Hiscock found gold in a gully between Buninyong and Sebastopol, starting the 'rush' to Ballarat. [7] The area became known as Hiscock's Gully. [8]


Hiscock received 1000 pounds and a gold cup from the Government to recognise his gold discovery. An obelisk was erected in his memory on the Sebastopol Road. [9]


Family

See also

Blacksmiths

Notes

References

  1. Corfield, Wickham and Gervasoni, The Eureka Encyclopedia, Ballarat, 2004, p268.
  2. Corfield, Wickham and Gervasoni, The Eureka Encyclopedia, Ballarat, 2004, p268.
  3. Spielvogel, Nathan. (1981). Spielvogel Papers Vol. 2. Ballarat: Ballarat Historical Society.
  4. Three Times Blest page 18 photo, Buninyong and District Historical Society database.
  5. Corfield, Wickham and Gervasoni, The Eureka Encyclopedia, Ballarat, 2004, p268.
  6. Jenkins, E.D., Sebastopol Victoria: An Historical Survey of Early Sebastopol, 1864-1964, SP, 1964.
  7. Spielvogel, Nathan. (1981). Spielvogel Papers Vol. 2. Ballarat: Ballarat Historical Society.
  8. Corfield, Wickham and Gervasoni, The Eureka Encyclopedia, Ballarat, 2004, p268.
  9. Corfield, Wickham and Gervasoni, The Eureka Encyclopedia, Ballarat, 2004, p268.

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--C.K.Gervasoni 12:41, 17 September 2012 (EST)

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