Joseph Thomas Sleep was born in Plymouth, England. He was a watchmaker, jeweller and manufacturing silversmith situated at 7 Lydiard Street, Ballarat. In the 1975 Ballarat Directory Sleep advertised 'watches by the best makers' and watches and clocks repaired by skilful workmen'.
- The death occurred at Ballarat yesterday of Lieutenant-Colonel Joseph Thomas Sleep. He was born at Plymouth, England, in 1830, and came to Victoria when aged 19 years. He settled in Ballarat in 1857, and later entered into business as a jeweller. In 1860 he joined the Ballarat Volunteer Rifle Regiment, which became the Volunteer Rangers, and later the Third Victorian Rifles, of which he was the first commanding officer. The Rifles was later known as the Old Seventh, from which Colonel Sleep retired in 1894. He was a member of the rifle team which toured Great Britain, Europe, and the United Stales in 1871. For many years he was returning officer for the Ballarat State electorate, and was a member of the managing bodies of many public organisations in Ballarat. He was interested in sport, and some years ago settled on his estate in South Gippsland.
Situated at 7 Lydiard Street, Ballarat.
Sleep was a member of the Ballarat Rifle Brigade.
Trowel used for laying the Foundation Stone at Loreto Chapel, Ballarat.
- ↑ Rogers, J. W. F. (ed.). (c. 1887). The Australasian Federal Directory of Commerce, Trades & Professions. Melbourne: J. W. F. Rogers.
- ↑ The Argus, 13 may 1922.
Beth Kicinski 16:55, 31 December 2012 (EST); C.K.Gervasoni 15:00, 24 February 2012 (EST)