Daniel Sweeney

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His great great grandson married the great grand daughter of William Michael Kinnane, also thought to be at the Eureka Stockade.

Goldfields Activities, 1854

Sweeney had a store at Eureka.

Post Eureka Activities

Daniel Sweeney was an auctioneer in Main Road, Ballarat East. He was a member of the first Ballarat East Municipality. He was present at the first day of remembrance , 22 November 1855.

On 22 November 1854, a meeting was held on the site of the Eureka Stockade. Daniel Sweeney was in the Chair to consider the subject of compensation to the sufferers of loss incurred by the soldiers eleven months earlier.[1]

A petition from certain persons claiming compensation for losses occasioned by the Riots at Ballarat. [2] William Adams, Thomas Allen, Thomas Bird, Edmund Burn, William Cooper, Lanty Costello, Cummins, Anne Diamond, John Donally, Patrick Donohue, Thomas Eames, John Emery, Timothy Hayes, Michael Noonan, Daniel O'Connor, Patrick Quinane, Thomas Quinn, Martin Ryan, Matthew Ryan, John Sheehan, Daniel Sweeney, David Wallace, and William Wallace [3]


We regret having to record the death of Mr Daniel Sweeney, popularly known as “Dan.” which sad event happened at his residence, 66 Lyons street south, about 8 30 o'clock yesterday morning. The deceased bad met with many strokes of fortune during the period of his colonial life, and made many friends by his genial disposition. He was prominently con nected with athletics in Ballarat, and in cricketing circles especially he distinguished himself. He was founder of the Ballarat Cricket Club, and for many years he captained the first eleven, during scores of victories. He played iu all the principal matches, ending in acting as wicket-keeper against Grace’s team, and in that particular part of the game be was generally acknow ledged to be an adept. Over 25 years ago the deceased and his brother had a station on the Lachlan River, eow South Wales, but re verses of fortune necessitated his removal to Ballarat where for many years he was engaged in the slaughtering business. Sub sequently he was landlord of the North Grant hotel, Bridge street, when fortune again deserted him, but his brother died leaving him a large amount of money. Since then he has been living in private with his family, consisting of his wife and three children, one of whom is an adult son. The immediate cause of death was an affection of the heart and liver, for which Dr Radcliffe was treating him.[4]

Also See

William Kinnane


  1. Ballarat Courier, 15 May 1954.
  2. PROV, Colonial Secretary's Correspondence, VPRS 1189 Unit 92 Item J14462
  3. PROV, VPRS 1189, Chief Secretary's Correspondence, Box 24a
  4. Ballarat Star, 14 September 1882.