Flintoff, Thomas (c.1809-91; English/Australian)
The Hon John Basson Humffray, First Commissioner of Mines – of Victoria 1859
Chalk, 67.0 x 62.0 cm
Presented by H.R.Humffray, 1891
State Library of Victoria (H325)
Although Humffray (1824-91) disassociated himself from the Eureka rebellion of 1854, he was a vocal advocate for miners’ rights in the period. In 1855, he became a member of parliament, and was minister for mines in 1860-61.
Inscribed as produced in Ballarat on August 10th, 1859, this portrait was donated after Humffray’s death, by his son. It was shown in the Eureka exhibition at the Ballarat Fine Arts Gallery in 2004-5.
After arriving in Australia in 1856, Fintoff first worked in Ballarat, transferring to Melbourne in 1872: see linked artist entry for further details and references.
AR 1891, p.430 (noting the donor as Humffray’s son); NGV 1894, p.126 and NGV 1905, p.150 (both V.Buvelot Gallery, south wall, no.1)
For the 2004-5 Ballarat exhibition, refer SLV catalogue entry. For Humffray, see http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/humffray-john-basson-3818 (biography by Diane Langmore, published in ADB vol.4, 1972)