Andrew Knight

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Background

Andrew Thomas Knight was born in Perth, Western Australia in 1837.[1] His parents arrived in Australia on the Calista in 1829, and the family established a property at Bunbury for moving to Victoria in 1853.[2]

Andrew Knight died on 29 October 1922.

Goldfields Involvement, 1854

Charles A. Doudiet, watercolour on paper, 1854, watercolour, on paper.
Courtesy Art Gallery of Ballarat, purchased by the Ballarat Fine Art Gallery with the assistance of many donors, 1996.

Andrew Knight witnessed the burning of the Eureka Hotel, and the [Eureka Stockade].[3]

Post 1854 Experiences

Andrew Knight married Judith Riley in 1867. They had seven children. The family settled at Morrisons. Andrew Knight was a potter.[4]

Obituary

Mr Andrew Knight, a very old resident of the Morrisons district died on Sunday last, at the residence of his daughter, Mrs Albert Wohlers, Mt Wallace. Deceased, who was 83 years of age, was an eye-witness of the Eureka riots and the burning of Bentley’s Hotel, and was an interesting authority on matters appertaining to the early days.[5]


Our Mt Wallace correspondent writes – The late Mr Andrew Knight who passed away at the residence of his daughter, Mrs Albert Wohlers, last week, was a native of West Australia, being born at Perth in 1837, thus being in his 85th year. His father, the late Mr Jas Knight was reputed to be the first white man to set foot on land in W.A.; also his parents were the first couple to be married there. Mrs Wohlers still has their marriage certificate (marked No. 1) in her possession . At an early age, Mr Andrew Knight with his parents, came to Victoria, and took part in the Eureka Stockade disturbances at Ballarat. Later he acquired the Lal Lal pottery and brick works, and for many years lived at Lal Lal. He took a keen interest in mining matters, and had an active part in opening up the Lal Lal iron mines. He leaves a family of two sons and four daughters. The internment took place at Morrisons Cemetery.[6]
OBITUARY The late Mr Andrew T. Knight, who passed away at the residence of his daughter, Mrs Albert Wohlers, early last week, was a native of West Australia, being born at Perth in 1837, thus being in his 85th year. His father, the late James Knight, was reputed to be the first white man to set foot on land in West Australia, and his father and mother were the first couple to be married in West Australia. Mrs Wohlers still has their marriage certificate, marked No. 1. in her possession. At an early age the late Mr A. T. Knight, with his parents, came to Victoria, and he was at Ballarat at the time of the Eureka Stockade riot, and took part in it. Later on he acquired the Lal Lal Pottery brickworks, and for many years lived at Lal Lal. He took a keen interest in mining matters, and had an active part in negotiations for opening up the Lal Lal iron mines. For the past nine years he has resided with his daughter at Mount Wallace, and though he had reached a great age, he retained all his facilities till a short time before his death, and en joyed good health till a few months ago. He was the last surviving member of his generation. He leaves a family of two sons and four daughters, with whom much sympathy is felt. His wife pre-deceased him many years ago. Mr A. T. Knight, senior master of the Essendon High School, is a son, and Nurse Knight matron of the Neglected Children's Depot, is one of the daughters. The funeral, which took place at the Morrison’s Cemetery; was well attended, many friends from the surrounding districts coming to pay their last tribute of respect, the coffin, and pall-bearers all being personal friends of the family.[7]

In the News

STOCKADE DAY RECALLED. This year the 59th anniversary of the Eureka Stockade was celebrated more comprehensively than usual. A Procession to the scene on Saturday was followed by a public meeting at the Stockade, addressed by district Members of Parliament and others. The proceeds are in aid of the Reserve Beautification Fund. There was another public meeting on Sunday. One of the survivors of the stockade, Mr. A. Knight, was present on Saturday. [8]


EUREKA STOCKADE. - ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION.
BALLARAT, Saturday-To. mark the 59th anniversary of the Eureka Stockade affray a rotunda was opened this afternoon by Councillor Penhalluriack, the first chairman of the committee formed to improve the Eureka Stockade. The gathering was presided over by the mayor of Ballarat East (Councillor A. J. Pittard), and addresses were given bv Messrs. R. McGregor and M. Baird, M.L.A.'s. The mayor stated that amongst those present were Mrs. Shand, Mrs. Ross, Mrs. Buckley, Mr.P. Dalton, Mr. A. Knight, and others who were in Ballarat when the lighting took place, Mr. Knight being one of those who were with the diggers in the stockade.
The rotunda was erected at a cost of £117, making the recent expenditure on the reserve close on £200.[9]

See also

James Bentley

Commemoration

Eyewitnesses

Eureka Hotel

Further Reading

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


References

  1. Ballan Times, 9 November 1922.
  2. Corfield, J.,Wickham, D., & Gervasoni, C. The Eureka Encyclopaedia, Ballarat Heritage Services, 2004.
  3. Ballan Times, 2 November 1922.
  4. Corfield, J.,Wickham, D., & Gervasoni, C. The Eureka Encyclopaedia, Ballarat Heritage Services, 2004.
  5. Ballan Times, 2 November 1922.
  6. Ballan Times, 9 November 1922.
  7. Ballarat Star, 29 NOvember 1922.
  8. Horsham Times, 9 December 1913.
  9. The Argus, 8 December 1913.

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