Adam Loftus Lynn

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Walter E. Pidgeon, Illustration from The Eureka Stockade by Raffaello Carboni, Sunnybrook Press, 1942, offset print.
Art Gallery of Ballarat, purchased 1994.
Henry Winkles, Sailors, Prince Regent & Canadian Gullies, 1850s, pencil on paper.
Courtesy Art Gallery of Ballarat, purchased Purchased with funds from the Colin Hicks Caldwell Bequest, 2004.
Henry Winkles, Sailors, Prince Regent & Canadian Gullies, 1850s, pencil on paper.
Courtesy Art Gallery of Ballarat, purchased Purchased with funds from the Colin Hicks Caldwell Bequest, 2004.


Adam Loftus Lynn was born on 9 April 1795[1] in Inyard, County Wexford, Ireland. He was admitted to the High Court of Chancery, Ireland in 1817. Lynn married Marianne Beers (formerly Ferres) on 12 February 1833 at St Mullins Church , County Down, Ireland. They arrived in Sydney on 30 September 1850 on the Hudson[2] Lynn was admitted to the New South Wales Bar on 28 December 1850. He died on 17 September 1878 at Ballarat.[3] The Lynn's had ten children.

Martha Clendinning in her journal, written in 1906, mentions Adam Loftus Lynn.

(Towards the end)

During the few months that followed our arrival in Ballarat, some half dozen professional men arrived, and took up their residence there.
Just opposite our domicile, soon after we had camped on the Commissioner's Flat, we noticed a small tent, and on the front appeared in large letters, on a square of canvas the words "Adam Loftus Lynn, Solicitors." We laughed at the announcement. "As if the diggers had anything to go to law about," we exclaimed. After years told a different tale, when the field grew into a city, and as much law was practised as in any place of its size in the world.

However among the first were, of course, members of my husband's profession, and the magic letters – M. D. made their appearance, as they always do where ever large numbers of their fellow creatures assemble together, and are certain, sooner or later to require their assistance.[4]

Goldfields Involvement, 1854

Lynn was a witness examined during the report of the Board appointed to enquire into circumstances connected with the riot at Ballarat, and the burning of James Bentley's Eureka Hotel. [5]

He was prosecution solicitor at Bentley's trial, employed by the Scoble family.

Post 1854 Experiences

Adam Loftus Lynn was registered as a freemason in Ballarat, but there is no information about his Lodge or initiation dates. [6]

Dora Lynn the second daughter of Adam Loftus Lynn was married by the Reverend Mr Potter at her parent’s residence in Ballarat on 12 December 1854. She married Arthur Kirk, the youngest son of Rupert Kirk of New South Wales. [7]


The gentleman whose name heads this notice died at his residence in Mair street, on Tuesday morning, at the age of eighty-three years, after only a few days’ illness. He was born in the year 1795, and was admitted as solicitor in the High Court of Chancery, Ireland in 1817. Mr Lynn was one of the stately landmarks in this young city. Coming here with the renewed rush to the Canadian Gully upon the excitement caused by the discovery of the great nugget at the opening of the year 1853, the deceased had completed more than a quarter-century’s residence in Ballarat. He was the first, or nearly the first, member of the legal profession who practiced here. He saw the introduction of court practice in Ballarat, and continued in practice until a few years since, filling also for many years, the office of solicitor to the municipal council of Ballarat. For some few years before his death Mr Lynn had relinquished the more active pursuit of his profession, and his only public vocation lately had been that of secretary to the trustees of the Ballarat cemeteries, which office he held at the time of his decease. As we have said Mr.Lynn was one of the notable landmarks here. His tall form, erect to the last, his flowing silvery heard,his gentlemanly presence, were known as one of the familiar sights that spoke of another hemisphere, and of a long past in this new city and amongst the young race sprung into life, here since he' pitched his bush tent where there is now a settled population, surrounded by the comforts and elegancies and conveniences of civilisation. The deceased was not a public man in the usual acceptation of the phrase, though his professional relations brought him into contact with, much of our civic life, and he only occasionally took part in affairs outside the circle of his profession and church. A member of the Anglican Church, Mr Lynn had in the later years of his life dissented from some of the phases of church life extant, and he not only wrote letters in our columns on that and related topics, but published occasional pamphlets, upon theological questions, the vigor of his mind in that direction remaining active to the last. As an early, settler here the deceased had opportunity to acquire a good deal of land within the City, and he has passed away at a ripe age, leaving behind a widow and a large family, to whom is left, with whatever material property there may be, the legacy of an honorable name, the outcome of a character as upright as his venerable form, with all its well-borne weight of more than four score years.[8]

See also

Martha Clendinning

Ballaarat Old Cemetery

Eureka Hotel

James Bentley

James Scobie

Further Reading

Corfield, J., Wickham, D., & Gervasoni, C. The Eureka Encyclopaedia, Ballarat Heritage Services, 2004.


  1., accessed 29 December 29 December 2020.
  2. Research by Noel McAdie.
  3. Dianne Campbell, Anglo-Irish Lawyers in Post Goldrush Ballarat, Masters Thesis, 2002, p.184.
  4. Martha Clendinning’s journal published early in 1906 as ‘Recollections of Ballarat: Lady’s Life at the Diggings Fifty Years Ago’ provides a first-hand account of a lady’s life on the diggings. Her journal is a vehicle through which women of the gold fields are given a voice that is rarely heard.
  5. Report of the Board appointed to Enquire into Circumstances Connected with the Late Disturbance at Ballarat, John Ferres, Government Printer, Melbourne, 21 November 1854.
  6. Dorothy Wickham, Freemasons Lists 1853-2013
  7. Dorothy Wickham, Women of the Diggings: Ballarat 1854, BHS Publishing, 2009.
  8. Ballarat Star, 18 September 1878.

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