CHARLES JONES


My ancestor, Charles Jones ( date of arrival unknown, but before 1848 ) was an interesting character whilst living in Alexandra, Victoria in the 1860s. On doing research it was apparent Charles Jones had struck it rich finding gold. I believe it to be ten thousand pounds. He bought the "New York and London Hotel." We have had no success in finding out where all his money went. All the newspaper articles luckily have been scanned on Trove. If it wasn't for digital scanning we would probably never have known all about my ancestor whilst he lived in Alexandra. From the "Alexandra Times" - published every Saturday:

"Charlie Jones, an old resident in Alexandra died on Wednesday last in the Alexandra Hospital from the effects of a recent cold, and the general breaking up of the system. He was the principal shareholder in "No. 2", Lucky Reef, and received in dividends, and for the sale of his interest over £10,000, and managed to get rid of the money in a very short time, in that liberal off-handed way which was the custom in the prosperous days of mining. During the past two years he has been prospecting about under the belief that he would someday drop on another "No. 2," but old age, hard work, and bad luck are heavy odds against any man, and were too much for poor Charlie. Some of those with whom he spent his money so freely during his days of prosperity might have saved him from a pauper's funeral. There is a moral in this man's latter end that is so plainly written that "he that runneth may read." ( "Alexandra Times" - Saturday, 8 May 1875 )

"LETTERS TO THE EDITOR" - 'CHARLIE JONES' - "Sir, In your issue of the 8th instant, you notice in a short biographical sketch the latter end of the late 'Charlie' Jones. As he was well known in the district, there is not much therein in which to take umbrage, except towards the end, in a point before the moral, you charitably infer that "some of those with whom he spent his days of prosperity might have saved him from a pauper's funeral." As such noble actions are nearly impossible, I, a son of the deceased, felt it to be my duty to save a father's name from the stigma generally attached to a "charity funeral," by defraying the expense of burial myself. I merely write this to show that the sons of old 'Charlie' Jones are not devoid of all feeling and respect to their departed parent. - Yours, etc., FRANCIS JONES, Alexandra, May 12, 1875." ( "Alexandra Times" 12 May 1875 )

Contributed by Kathryn Jones Lucas ( PPPG Member No. 959 )


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