George Milner Stephen

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George Milner Stephen (1812-1894)[1] was briefly an employee of the Port Phillip and Colonial Gold Mining Company[2] who "operated a short-lived quartz-crushing venture at Ballarat before going on to become a politician and later, a faith healer."[2]



Stephen's quartz-crushing operations at Black Hill "followed Dr Otway, and with similar results."[3]

George Milner Stephen was a gold miner on the Black Hill quartz lodes, Ballarat in 1853.[4]



Around November Stephen meets with the London directors of the Port Phillip Company, "who by then were receiving mounting criticism from the shareholders over the company's lack of progress after nearly four years. A barrister, geologist and mineralogist, Stephen had spent three years in Victoria during the early gold rushes and claimed to be familiar with legislative and mining matters there."[2]


Early March Stephen arrives in Melbourne to set up and manage an ore treatment works. The Victorian Director of the company, Rivett Henry Bland was not impressed, and it appears Stephen's involvement with the Port Phillip Company came to an abrupt end.[2]


April 10 An article about how busy the miners are at Black Hill says that one party have taken possession of Milner Stephen's old crushing house, turning it into a stable, and using the well for pumping from their puddling machine close by.[5]

Late May The Port Phillip Company begins mining at Black Hill.[2]


May 11 Stephen's application to join the Philosophical Society is refused.[6]


See also

Port Phillip and Colonial Gold Mining Company

Rivett Henry Bland

Black Hill

Black Hill Chronology



  1. Australian Dictionary of Biography (1967). Stephen, George Milner (1812–1894). National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, [1]
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Woodland, John George (2002). R. H. Bland and the Port Phillip and Colonial Gold Mining Company. La Trobe University School of Historical and European Studies.[2]
  3. William Bramwell Withers (1887). The History of Ballarat: From the First Pastoral Settlement to the Present Time. F. W. Niven
  4. accessed 15 March 2013.
  5. Mining. (1857, April 10). The Star (Ballarat, Vic. 1855-1864), p. 2.[3](accessed 20/8/2014)
  6. PHILOSOPHICAL INSTITUTE. (1859, May 12). The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954), p. 3. Retrieved August 5, 2015, from [4]

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--Neil Huybregts 13:41, 17 January 2015 (EST)

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