1855 EUREKA LETTER

Eureka Flag - Photo Ben Schueddekopf
Eureka Flag - Photo Ben Schueddekopf

An old letter with a first hand account of some events associated with the Eureka Rebellion was located in the Ballarat City Archives on
9 July 1998

  • According to a report in The Courier (local Ballarat newspaper) a letter written by a Ballarat miner dated 29 Mar 1855, about 3 months after the Eureka Rebellion on 3 Dec 1854, to his brother in Scotland has been located in the Ballarat City Archives on 9 July 1995.

  • The letter appears to contain information on aspects of the rebellion, including the death of James SCOBIE and the subsequent burning of Bentley's Hotel.

  • The last page of the letter is missing and so the identity of the writer is currently unknown although it is known that it was written to a brother in Scotland.

  • According a news report the writer may have been an Andrew McINTYRE, a miner who was apparently one of those arrested after the burning of Bentley's Hotel. The report stated that he was taken in custody to Geelong and consequently he was not present at the Eureka Rebellion.

  • The letter was apparently sent back to Ballarat by a grand daughter of the writer as it was in an envelope labelled My grandfather's letter from Ballarat 1855 from Mrs MORTON, Treesbank by Kilmarnoch, Scotland.

Information provided about Andrew McINTYRE in 2005 by a relative.

Andrew McIntyre was married to Margaret Kerr. They had several children including Margaret Eureka McIntyre born 1855 Ballarat Australia, who married Wallace Fairweather, a Consulting Engineer, on 29th March 1877 in Tradeston, Lanarkshire, Scotland.
They had several children including Marion McIntyre Fairweather who married Gavin Guy Morton. He started a carpet manufacturing business in Kilmarnock known as Blackwood & Morton Kilmarnock (BMK Carpets). His home was Treesbank, Kilmarnock.

Information provided by Wallace Fairweather Great Great Grandson of Andrew McIntyre.

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