David Ham

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Ballarat Gold Pioneers Prior to the Issue of the Gold License, 1851



David Ham was a shareholder in the Seven Hills Estate Co. in 1875, a Director of the Llanberris Quartz Mining Co., Northern Star Co. and a Provisional Director of the Leviathan Syndicate Co. in 1887, and a Director of the Last Chance Co. in 1882.[1]


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Mr. James Oddie, F.G.S., of Ballarat, who organised in Decemberd last the demonstra tion in celebration of the 50th anniversary of tlie Eureka Stockade, and which was at tended by old diggers from nearly all partsof Australia, is desirous of starting a move ment having for its object the recognition of the part residents of Geelong took in con nection with the first discovery of gold at Ballarat in 1851. Mr. Oddie, who arrived in Corio Bay in the Larpent towards the close of the forties, and lived in Geelong for several years prior to 1851, states that the gold dis coveries at Ballarat Were really due to the enterprise of two parties of Geelong pioneers, organised by Messrs. Connor and Mer-rick. He was a member of one of the par-, which operated with great success at Golden Point. Their discoveries were followed by the great rush, which resulted in the opening up of an immense field. Mr. Oddie, who erected at a cost of £1500 the statue in Sturt-street of Peter Lalor, proposes that a monument should be raised in Geelong to the memory of Messrs. Connor and Merrick snd their parties, and he is anxious to join in any movement with that object. Failing the erection of a monu ment, he proposes that a tablet should be placed in the Geelong Town Hall, together with a brief history of the early Ballarat gold fields, embodying the names of the Geelong pioneers, who led the way in the discoveries at Golden Point, Eureka and other places.
A HISTORY OF GEELONG WANTED. Mr. Oddie regrets that a history of Geelong has not yet been written, on the lines of Withers's "History of Ballarat," and says it would be well if some enterprising publisher were to take the matter in hand before death removes the few remaining pioneers who could supply the information necessary to make an interesting book of 400 or 500 pages. He states that if the sug-gestion were adopted he would place at the disposal of a publisher a large quantity of valuable information regarding the early days of Geelong, together with sketches of public men, photos and statistical records. Mr. David Ham, ex-M.L.C., of Ballarat, who arrived in Geelong in 1849, announces that he would be willing to assist in the compilation of a history of the town, With the stirring affairs of which was closely associated in the early fifties. Mr. Oddie points out that there are still living in Geelong a number of the early pioneers, including Mr. G. F. Belcher, who could also sup ply a deal of information in respect to olden times, and all could be turned to useful account in the way suggested.[2]


  1. http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~carrick/Ballarat%20a%20to%20b.html accessed 15 March 2013.
  2. The Age, 21 July 1905.

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--Beth Kicinski 12:58, 23 February 2015 (AEDT)

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