Goldfields Involvement, 1854
Post 1854 Experiences
- OBITUARY. EUREKA VETERAN PASSES. Referring to the death of Mr Donald M'Dougall, which was dealt with in a recent issue, a correspondent writes:- One of the earliest settlers passed away on Tuesday night in the person of Mr Donald M'Dougall, of Craigielea. The deceased gentleman, who was born at Inverness, Scotland, close to the historic Culloden Field, was a passenger on the Union Jack, which arrived at Geelong, 62 years ago. Following the gold centres for a time, Mr M'Dougall was present at Eureka in the stirring time when the miners struck their notable blow for freedom. Fortune, however, failed to attend his mining efforts, and he opened a store at Beaufort, where his mother, who had accompanied him from Scotland, was the first white woman to be buried. Subsequently Mr M'Dougall engaged in farming pursuits at Learmonth, but at one of the first land boards held at Ararat, he was successful in securing an allotment on the Hopkins Rliver, about a mile from the township. Later on Mr M'Dougall moved to Craigielea, a few miles distant, where he resided till his death at the ripe old age of 81. During his long and strenuous career the deceased took an active and intelligent interest in all matters of public concern, and politically held very decided views in the Democratic Protectionist direction. He was also a noted stock breeder and prize taker on the district show ground.
- Ararat Advertiser, 13 October 1914.