Sunday, August 21, 2016
Thursday, August 18, 2016
Australia - first child of George Louis LeBlond, who was known as George
Blond by this time, and his wife Johannah Blond, nee Mulcahy.Spring Hill at this time was nothing more than a bush-covered area.
George James Blond married Mary Jane Marks ( Mary was known as Minnie )
on 20 January 1898 in Brisbane. The couple had no children.
George James Blond died in Brisbane on 23 November 1935 and Mary Jane
Blond nee Marks died on 5 November 1954 in Brisbane.
A wedding photo of George and Minnie is included above.
take no action in either granting or refusing the request of the
prospectors to be allowed to work the ground until after personal
inspection of the spot. Meanwhile the story of the discovery has been
given us from quite another point of view. A labouring man called upon
us on Wednesday and stated that about three years ago he started
fossicking in districts around Brisbane and as far north as Bundaberg.
He accumulated a quantity of specimens, which he brought with him on his
return. Living near the spot of the reported discovery, he went there in
June last with a "dolly" in order to crush his specimens, and obtain
what gold he could from them. The stones when treated in this way, flies
about a good deal, and on Sunday morning last our informant was at this
place looking among the remains of his former experiment, when some men,
believed to be the prospectors, came along and asked him what he was
looking for. He replied " for something I have lost ". They then said
there must be something in the quartz, and picking up some of the stones
they went away.
Between 3 and 4 in the afternoon, when our informant returned, he found
one of his former visitors with two other men fossicking about the
place. He believes therefore, that the specimens found are only those
which he had himself brought to the spot from various places.
The Trustees of the Victoria Park on Thursday visited the place where
the alleged discovery of gold took place, and the result of their
inspection strengthened the impression previously existing that the
precious metal is not to be obtained in payable quantities in the field.
With regard to granting the request of the prospectors to be allowed to
work the ground, grave legal difficulties exist and no permission has
been up to the present given.
Wednesday, August 17, 2016
The Brisbane Courier Wednesday 30 January 1889
"George Blond and party have formally reported to the Mines Department that they have pegged out prospecting claims in Victoria Park where they state they have discovered payable gold. They have produced specimens which appear to be freely charged with gold of somewhat poor character, and claim the usual reward. Unfortunately the Department cannot recognise the application, inasmuch as the park is vested in trustees by a deed of grant and the provisions of the Goldfields Act are such that lands dedicated for any public purpose cannot be recognised as Crown lands.It is therefore impossible for the department to recognise the discoveries in any way whatever.
We believe that the prospectors, acting upon advice, have brought the matter before the Trustees with the view of obtaining the consent of that body to carry on mining operations in the park, and the matter will be considered at a meeting of the trustees to be held today. The actual position of the discovery is adjoining the Grammar School cricket ground, where gold is understood to have been discovered some 18 years ago.
The specimens brought into town include three small pieces of gold-studded quartz, which have evidently been exposed to the atmosphere for a long time, and a quantity of small rough fragments of gold which were found among the gravel. The gold has all come from a reef; but the distance it has travelled from the leader is a matter which the prospectors have still to decide, though they believe the reef is in their claim."