This covers the area of the Sandhurst, later renamed Bendigo, electoral district in Victoria, Australia. The richest goldfield in the world, discovered in 1851. By 1856, the easily won gold had petered out and the deep mining operations had become the domain of large companies. Many of the original humble miners attracted to this goldrush had moved on to other fields in Victoria. Some had become salaried employees of the big companies in and around Sandhurst. These companies also recruited mining specialists from places like Cornwall to their employ.
The possession of a Miner's Right was classed as owning property and thus entitled the holder to vote. Those earning less than 100 pounds per annum as an employee, were not entitled to vote. Just because your ancestor was not on an electoral list for this period does not necessarily indicate that he was not present in the area. Only those "well heeled" citizens, (apart from those with a miner's right, who may, or may not have had a productive mining claim), had the vote.]
|WELLS George Edward||Miner||Specimen Gully||Miner's Right, 25 June||----------|
|WELLS John||Miner||Maiden Gully||Miner's Right, June or July||----------|
|WELLS William||Miner||Long Gully||Miner's Right, 4 Feb.||----------|
|WILLIS William||Miner||Maiden Gully||Miner's Right, 4 Aug.||----------|
|WILLS William Hulme||Miner||Back Creek||Miner's Right, 27 Oct.||----------|