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«A POT OF TIN AT THE FOOT OF THE RAINBOW by Dr. John Balzer, F.RCS. Delivered at a Meeting of the Society on 25 October 1979 John Lang Locke of ...»

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But there was a sore disappointment in store for Locke - Application No. 296, the Kilminster claim of Lock, Greer and party, was rejected. On the grounds of prior application no. 293 by Alfred Greenup and Nugent Wade Brown. Lock and his partners objected to the approval, but the matter was settled by the Minister, and priority was acknowledged.

Areas adjoining Kilminster no. 293, nos. 294, 295, 298 and 392 were granted to other claimants but these were all later forfeited and declared open to mining licence. It is of interest that Joseph Greer later took up one of the first blocks available for closer settlement resumed from Pikedale - block Portion No. 75 Pikedale 1876.

Locke continued prospecting but without success.^^ He was farming in 1877. In 1878 Frances, his wife, died at the age of thirty-three. There were four surviving sons, and a daughter Amy Ann born to them in

1873. She, who lived to ninety-eight, was wont to tell of how her father, trying to earn a living and at the same time rear his family, went shearing; and she as a small child would accompany him on horseback as he rode from shed to shed His devotion to his child carried its own reward. She grew to marry a Jack Parker who prospered. Jack by a coincidence was the grandson of Thomas Parker and Mary Carr who w e d These two had been the witnesses at the wedding ofJohn Locke and Ann Elliott at Maitland two generations before. In his later years Locke lived with daughter Amy first at Billinudgel, later at Nambour and Gympie. He died at Mooloolah in 1921 aged eighty-three, and rests in the Nambour cemetery.

ADDENDUM The original land claim form of Greer, Lock, Coutts and Fredrick will never be found. It was returned them because the description of the land was not sufficient for survey purposes, despite the fact that blazing the trees had defined the area sought. Details were not on file, as the application was not submitted nor deposit paid when Thomas Coutts called on the Surveyor-General on 21 February 1872. Apphcation No. 293 by Greenup and Brown was accepted on 26 February 1872. Objections and declarations by parties involved in the dispute are on file. Executive Council rejected the application for Mineral Selection No. 296 on the grounds of prior application made for the same land, prior payment of deposit and survey fee and interference with application no. 293.

69 The Minister for Lands who administered the Crown Lands Alienation Act of 1868 at this time was one John Malbon Thompson.^-*

So there was no treasure at the foot of the rainbow.


1. Jean Harslett personal comm.

2. ibid.

3. Birth certificate Maitland 1836

4. Houston Mitchell corr. Mitchell Library

5. ibid.

6. Locke Family Bible 1860

7. Darling Downs Centenary Book

8. Stanthorpe Saga

9. Birth certificates Warwick no. 2572

10. Marriage certificate no. 2966, 1863

11. Q. Dept. of Mines 1880 report

12. Q. Notes of Proceedings Vol. 3, 1888

13. Register of Apphcations to select Min. Land Crown Law Alienation Act 1861, 31 Vic No. 46

14. Jean Harslett pers. comm.

15. Brisbane CoMner 22.3.1872

16. The Queenslander 16.3.1872

17. Early History of Warwick, Thos. Hall page 79

18. Death certificate 5.11.39

19. Q. Dept. of Mines comm. See no. 13

20. Locke Bible.

21. Q. Dept of Mines 77/3386

22. Birth certificates Amy A. & Alberry

23. Deuchar - Aust. Dictionary of Biography.

24. Q. Dept. of Mines 29/11/77 ref 77/3386

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