It is not known how or when, Joseph and his brother Edwin decided to to leave home for to seek their fortunes in the goldfields of Australia. But sometime between 1855 and 1863 that is what they did.



In the mid 1800's times were hard, the population was growing fast and overcrowding was commonplace.

In the west country copper, tin and lead mining was rapidly declining. Work was hard to find, and those in work were poorly paid.

No wonder emigration to Australia seemed attractive, those on the colonies were prospering. Those who had skills such as miners and farmers could do very well.

For those who were still not convinced had a new incentive when news of the Australian gold rush was reported in the local newspapers.

Such reports were published in the 'Journal' the local newspaper in North Devon. More and more people left these shores via Liverpool, Plymouth, Bristol and London, bound for the goldfields of Australia.

It is hardly surprising that young Devon lads such as Joseph and Edwin Jewell should look upon this as a possible means to a new and rewarding life.

One great advantage for anyone trained as a sailor is that they could work their passage, so no great cost was involved.

Joseph and Edwin's father John was a master mariner and coming from Clovelly it was almost impossible not to be a competent sailor.

I find no record for either traveling as either a passenger or crew on any of the published lists. Three main possibilities come to mind.

a, They are listed on shipping records which have not been published.

b, Their brother William was also a master mariner and sailed to Australia and back more than once. I can not find any details of his passenger lists. It would seem possible for the brothers to travel together.

c. Did they travel via the United States - many first went to California to the goldfields there, and then on to Australia.


A Shipping Poster of the Gold Rush Era   



                        Passage to Port Philip

PARTIES desirous of proceeding with the Greatest possible dispatch, will find a

Particularly favorable opportunity in the saiIing of the North Devon Shipping Company's

New and Splendid Clipper-built SHIP,


700 Tons Burthen A1, Fourteen Years at Lloyd's

G. Harris Commander

She is now being fitted out in the manner best calculated to ensure comfort and convenience of passengers and as she takes no cargo but will be trimmed for fast sailing.

From the Port of Barnstable, few, if any, will be able to compete with her speed and a short and pleasant passage may be anticipated.

She will be dispatched on the 15th of August, 1852,and as two thirds of her compliment are already engaged, immediate application should be made to secure the remaining berths.

For passage or other information, apply to MessrsW. Lewis and Co, 13 Trafford Chambers, Liverpool; Mr John Edwards, 77 Broad Quay,Bristol, Messrs Thompson Brothers, 1 Riches Court , Lime Street, London; andMr J, G, King, the secretary of the Company, Joy Street, Barnstable.



 The Jewells Claim

 The only record that is known to exist regarding Joseph and Edwin's gold mining activities is to be found in Allan M Nixon's book

"Inglewood Gold - Gold Town in Victoria"

The Jewell Brothers Edwin and Joseph, discovered the reef known as Jewell's Reward  in the early 1860's. Their Blue mullock dump still partly exists directly behind the Commission Houses on the west side of Market Street, behind the Unity mine and the gravel pit. n 1886 Edwin settled on land at North Bridgewater, and named it Clovelly after his native town (Clovelly in North Devon).



"Clovelly" at Bridgewater

  At a later date Edwins son Edwin Jr purchased the Empire State Hotel at Inglewood.

To continue the story of the Jewell go to the Section - The Survivors a new life