Andrew Ward

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A SPECIAL meeting of the Ballarat Hibernian Society was held at their hall in Dawson street, on Tuesday night, for the purpose of receiving new. rules and altering the name of the society to "The Hibernian Benefit Society." The chair was occupied by Mr. F. H. Byrne, vice' president of E.D.; M. O'Grady in the vice, chair. The following delegates, were present Messrs. Martin Ryan, secretary, Learmonth; Edmond Daly, president, Smythesdale; Andrew S. Ward, president, Springdallah; William Caffrey, vice-president, Buninyong; James Young, president, Navigators; John Martin, past president, Sebastopol; and William Corbett, president. In addition to these about seventy members attended. The new rules were read by the secretary and adopted. The alteration in the name of the society, as above referred to, was carried by a very large majority, the sense of the several branches having previously been taken at their various meeting votes of thanks to the delegates and the meeting concluded, the advertised business of meeting. Before the members left the hall the chairman submitted samples of regalia recently received from Paris and Melbourne. The French sample, from the firm of M. Simon Jeune, of Paris, was much admired for the purity of colour and the excellence of the texture, to the more solid article, sent by Mr. Charles Martin, of Flinders lane, Melbourne; were generally preferred, and attracted much attention as having been the first thing of the land in which gold embroidery was executed by any colonial firm. The motto and coat of arms were so beautifully worked by needle in gold thread, on an emerald green ground, as to reflect grew credit, on Mr Martin. Mr. Martin has satisfactorily executed a large order of these sashes for the New Zealand branches of the society. [1]


The Ballarat Star records "the demise of another of the old identities of Ballarat Mr. Andrew Scott Ward, who died suddenly of apoplexy at his residence, Springdallah, on the morning of Thursday, l8th April. The deceased arrived in the colony when quite a young man as a cabin passenger in the ship Rip Van Winkle He was possessed of high attainments, and considerable literary abilities. Originally designed for an analytical chemist, he received his education at Meath College, Ireland, of which institution he was an inmate at the same time with some of the celebrated Young Irelanders, among whom was Mr Frank Meagher. He afterwards entered Stonyhurst College, Lancashire, and finally graduated at Glasgow University under Professor Penny. It was his intention to prosecute his studies further in Germany, under Professor Liebig, but the gold discoveries induced him to come to this country, where he ever took a leading part in all the public movements of the day. In the Ballarat riots he was among the active defenders of the Eureka Stockade."[2]

At Springdallah lately there died one Andrew Scott Ward, an Irishman, a Catholic, an old Eureka Stockade fighter. He was much liked, I am told, was very pious, nearly built a whole church, had bowels of mercy, and nearly all sorts of people that way lament his death.[3]
  1. Melbourne Advocate, 18 June 1870.
  2. The Argus, 7 May 1878.
  3. Camperdown Chronicle, 7 May 1878.
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