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WHO FOUND THE GOLD?

Tiwbelect Committee of the Legislative As Feii.uly. appointed to inquire into the claims of Mr. Henry };rr»cha:o and c/thera, to the reward riSer*; fjr the frst discoverer of payable gold at U-iuttgo, sat Auain at Parliament Ilouhe yesterday {»:»:«■< the "Standard"), Mr. A. S. Bailes pre si'iittkj.

Mr. Jatues Monat, stationer, of JSaglehawk, was examined. Ho said he had resided in Ben d'jj district- tince 1X37, and at the time he heard (t the frM difcCuvery, which was in 1852, his in lirnumt b»riup Captain Harrison, he livt.d at Ben di^o He was there in October* 1851, or about a :i. <nth before the accepted date of the gold dUcnery, and there was no talk whatever about any such fiud. He was told that one of PentouV (Gibson and Stewart'#) shepherds first found gold

Mrs. Kennedy, widow of John Kennedy who tt'iw manager of Rivenswood station in 1851, stated that iu August or September of the same V'.-ir some shepherds brought specimens of. gold to tr.c statiuu, found in the Buninyung district, aud sbju; September her husband and Mr. Gibson vers shown .similar specimens. In that month

aUo fousd specimens alone the cretk herself,

ani, alone with her hiuband ard Mrs. Farrell, ubuintd a licence. This was previous to her seeing Mr. Frenchman, who found her aud Mrs. Farrell

dirt in a dub.

To Mr. Frencham : I did empty the contents of tin: dish m order thit you would uot see what was in it. (Laughter)

Dr. W. Barker, of Albert Park, who was en

in squatting pursuits at Bendigo two or line* v.Mr< b foie t'ne dii-covery of gold, said he

ru<i a one-armed mfcn named Biass taking JM»ur:y to lo.ik fur gold at B'udiga in August or S-iAt-iub.'r, 1*51, without success.

Patrick Pe;er Furrs'll, copper, now of C.'»rlton, uifoiijtevl the committee that he was emuloyfd on Gib>un and Stewart's Btation in 3851, and iu Aun'u*t or September found spccimur.s which turned out to be gold. He showed tbrm to Mr. Kennedy, aud they resolved to keep the matter

mw-t, btciu>«' they had no money to gsfc license. I It was Mr. B'as?, he thought, who brought the liewa tu Forest Creek, and then Mr. Frenchara, l)r. Russell, .Tohn Magrath, and Captain Harrison cvjie up about six weeks from the time he first obtained payable gold. Before Mr. Frencham wvlt* his appearance 4 lb or 5 lb of gold was ob uined, and the precious metal could be found with

one1* eyes shut. The spot in question was Golden

Point.

ifohu Paton, a retired public service officer, tiding at Albert Park, related that he bad seen Mr. and Mrs. Kenuudy working at Golden Point Creek, washing diabea of dirt ear'y in November, 1851. He believed it was Biassa information at Porest Creek which caused the tush. He subsequently pegged out a claim, and believed it was the first payable pold find. A shepherd named Graham, ivnd other shepherds, claimed that they had first discovered gold. From the appearrnce of the spot worked by the Kennedys, they did not appear to have been there more than a week. Witness laid claim to no reward, but he believed that he sank the initial shaft on the left bank of the creek, and next tu the shepherd's discovery. The first sub stantial, payable gold was obtained in his "cUm." ^ Altogether 30 U> or 40 lb of gold was

w9?.f.rom Ma claim.

w illiaiii Sandbach. of Hotham. stated that when be arrived at Bendigo on 22nd November, 1851,he w* Mr, Kennedy and Mr, Farrell, a shepherd who wai called Hen Hall, and another shepherd hw-icking at the creek. Se was there about a wfitk when Mr. Frencham arrived on the Bcene as '•* "tranter to make inquiries,

G. N.Nieman, an engineer, residing at Clifton H'll, said that about 10th November, 1851, he saw four men working at 41 The Rocks," Bendigo Cr«jek, and believed Mr. Sandbach was ona of

them, Therefore Mr. Sandbach must have bee*j 1

wrong in his reference to dates. Witness and

three others Bank a payable^shaffe at Golden

Gully.

At this stage the committee adjourned titt

Thursday next.

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