Francis Doveton

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Golden Point and the Alluvial Goldwashers
Courtesy Ballarat Heritage Services.


Commissioner Francis Doveton arrived at Golden Point on 19 September 1851.

Lieutenant Doveton is buried in an unmarked grave in the Catholic section of the St Kilda Cemetery. [1]

Margaret, the daughter of Francis Doveton is buried in an unmarked grave at St Kilda Cemetery. She was the daughter of Lieutenant Doveton of the 51st Regiment Queens Own, the first goldfields commissioner in Victoria who played a leading role in the conflict at Eureka Stockade.[2]

Goldfields Involvement, 1854

Post 1854 Experiences

Mr. Francis Crossman Doveton, whose portrait we give in our illustrations, was the first gold commissioner in Victoria. He was appointed to Ballarat in August, 1851, filling a similar office upon various gold fields for nine years. He arrived with his regiment, the 51st K.O.L.I., in Sydney, in 1838. Mr. Doveton was a son of the Rev. John Frederick Doveton, of Endon Hall, County Northampton. Before leaving Eng land, when at Sandhurst, in 1834, he was one of ten students chosen to give an exhibition of horsemanship before King William IV, his Queen Adelaide and the then Princess Victoria. This accomplishment he retained, and when with his regiment in the early forties in Tasmania won many races. The gift of horsemanship may be said to have been inherited by more than one of his grandchildren, who are constantly seen on the polo ground and as amateurs in the saddle. The veteran colonist is 86 years of age next October. He has all senses perfect, and is living in Prahran. He frequently walks to Brighton to see his old friend and comrade Colonel Mair.[3]
William Mair Victoria and Riverina - a biographical record of some of the pioneer families of Victoria and the Riverina. McCarron, Bird, Melbourne, 1933.

See also

William Mair

Further Reading

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


  1. Eidleson, Meyer, Walks in Port Phillip, City of Port Phillip, 2001.
  2. Eidleson, Meyer, Walks in Port Phillip, City of Port Phillip, 2001.
  3. Melbourne Leader, 23 May 1903.

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