John Basson Humffray

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John Basson Humffray is associated with Ballarat, Victoria located at these coordinates -37.55, 143.85

Date of Birth: 1824
Date of Death: 18th March 1891
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Born the son of a weaver in south Wales, Humffray was early destined for a minor legal career, but abandoned his studies to go to Australia. He arrived in late 1853, and was soon at Ballarat. His time in Ballarat was spent largely in agitation on behalf of the diggers, editing a newspaper (The Leader), and demonstrating his more sophisticated political and intellectual background. Humffray was active in the Reform League upon its foundation, but by late November had sidelined himself amidst distrust from the more aggressive diggers. After the Stockade, Humffray went into hiding, eventually emerging to be elected to the Legislative Council in late 1855. He continued to represent the mining interest at Ballarat for many years. Humffray was strongly influenced by Chartist ideas in his youth, but his most obvious characteristic at Eureka was his distaste for physical force, whether used by or against authority. His Welsh background and legal education combined to make him eloquent (hence his inclusion in the delegation to Hotham), but the increasing likelihood of the use of deadly force on both sides left him by the wayside as the fateful day approached.


John Basson Humffray (1824-1891), by Thomas F. Flintoff, 1859

La Trobe Picture Collection, State Library of Victoria, H325

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