Charles Doudiet

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Charles A. Doudiet, Swearing allegiance to the 'Southern Cross’, 1854, watercolour, pen and ink on paper.
Courtesy Art Gallery of Ballarat, purchased by the Ballarat Fine Art Gallery with the assistance of many donors, 1996.

Background

Charles A. Doudiet was born in 1832 in Geneva, Switzerland, the son of Rev. Jacques-Frederic Doudiet, who moved to Canada with his family in 1844 to take up a position with the French Canadian Missionary Society. [1] Doudiet died at Hollowell, Massachusetts, United States of America on 13 June 1913.[2]

After moving to New York Charles Doudiet sailed to Port Phillip on the Magnolia in 1852.[3] With Captain B. W. Tucker at the helm the Magnolia departed New York on 27 July 1852 arriving at Port Phillip on 24 November 1852. On page six of the shipping list, is recorded: Doudiet, Charles, Country of birth, Switzerland; age 20; Last legal residence Canada; Country naming allegiance British; Occupation carpenter; Baggage 1 chest, 12 bags (or maybe 2 bags).[4]

Goldfields Involvement, 1854

Charles A. Doudiet, The Battlefield - Red Hill (From Post Office Hill), 1854, watercolour, pen and ink on paper.
Courtesy Art Gallery of Ballarat, purchased by the Ballarat Fine Art Gallery with the assistance of many donors, 1996.

Doudiet may have been a participant at the Stockade on 3 December 1854 and his notes record that he helped carry the dying Captain Charles Ross to the Free Trade Hotel on the 05 December 1854. [5] He refers to himself as one of those who carried the injured Ross and was with him when he died. [6]

He sketched eye-witness sketches of the burning of James Bentley’s Eureka Hotel, and other Eureka Stockade related scenes.[7]

Post 1854 Experiences

Doudiet's last artwork completed in Ballarat is dated February 1853. He left Australia for Canada where he married Liza. Four children were born in Quebec, Canada. He was ordained a Presbyterian Minister in Montreal in 1869.[8]

In The News

RICHARD W COWAN, from Montreal, — send your address to Charles Doudiet, Elliott and Co's stores, Flinders-lane.[9]


In 1996 sixteen of his sketches were sold to the Ballarat Fine Art Gallery for $245,000.[10]

See also

Charles A. Doudiet, Chow Chow (Chinamen on Ballarat), c1854, watercolour, pen and ink on paper.
Courtesy Art Gallery of Ballarat, purchased by the Ballarat Fine Art Gallery with the assistance of many donors, 1996.

Further Reading

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

Charles A. Doudiet, The Old Tent - BALLARAT (Specimen Hill (Tents), circa 1854, watercolour, pen and ink on paper.
Courtesy Art Gallery of Ballarat, purchased by the Ballarat Fine Art Gallery with the assistance of many donors, 1996.

References

  1. Corfield, J.,Wickham, D., & Gervasoni, C. The Eureka Encyclopaedia, Ballarat Heritage Services, 2004.
  2. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Doudiet
  3. Corfield, J.,Wickham, D., & Gervasoni, C. The Eureka Encyclopaedia, Ballarat Heritage Services, 2004.
  4. Information from Ian McFarlane, 1996
  5. http://www.egold.net.au/biogs/EG00294b.htm
  6. Information Michael Ludgrove, Christies Auctions
  7. Wickham, D., Gervasoni, C. & Phillipson, W., Eureka Research Directory, Ballarat Heritage Services, 1999.
  8. Corfield, J.,Wickham, D., & Gervasoni, C. The Eureka Encyclopaedia, Ballarat Heritage Services, 2004.
  9. The Argus, 3 June 1853.
  10. Wickham, D., Gervasoni, C. & Phillipson, W., Eureka Research Directory, Ballarat Heritage Services, 1999.

External links


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