Joseph Sleep

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Joseph T. Sleep, Federation University Historical Collection (Cat. No. 15771)
J.T. Sleep Hallmark on the Loreto Chapel Foundation Stone Trowel, Loreto Provence Archives)
Loreto Chapel Foundation Stone Trowel by J.T. Sleep, Loreto Provence Archives)
Loreto Chapel Foundation Stone Trowel by J.T. Sleep (detail) showing hand engraved detail,
'Presented by the Architects to the Very Revd J. Moore. D.D.O.G. on the occasion of his laying the foundation Stone of the Loretto Convent Ballarat 8th Decr 1881.
Loreto Provence Archives)
Invoice from J.T. Sleep, Federation University Historical Collection (Cat. No. 607 )
Clock by J.T. Sleep Collection of the Old Colonist's Association, Ballarat.



Joseph Sleep arrived in Ballarat in 1855. J. T. Sleep was a jeweller operating from premises on Lydiard Street, Ballarat in 1887.[1]


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.[2]


Situated at 7 Lydiard Street, Ballarat.


Community Involvement

Sleep was a member of the Ballarat Rifle Brigade.

Works Produced

Trowel used for laying the Foundation Stone at Loreto Chapel, Ballarat.


See also

Watchmakers and Jewellers

Gerrard and Sleep

Richard Vippaud

Further Notes


  1. Rogers, J. W. F. (ed.). (c. 1887). The Australasian Federal Directory of Commerce, Trades & Professions. Melbourne: J. W. F. Rogers.
  2. The Argus, 13 may 1922.

Further Reading

External Links

Beth Kicinski 16:55, 31 December 2012 (EST); C.K.Gervasoni 15:00, 24 February 2012 (EST)
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