Gullen, Martin

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Goldfields Involvement, 1854

Martin was the boy who threw the stone that broke the lamp outside Bentley's Eureka Hotel in 1854.

Geelong, Sunday In the history of the incident which led up to the Eureka Stockade affair one of the most striking was the demolition of Bentley’s hotel by fire on 17th October, 1854. The disturbance at the hotel was caused by a boy throwing a stone through the lamp outside, and the missile continued its flight, broke one of the front windows. The boy in question was Martin Gullan now a resident of Winchelsea. He was 14 at the time, and says he was outside the hotel when a man asked him if he could hit the lamp. He replied that he could, and the man handed him a stone, which he sent to the required destination. This was the signal for the rioting which culminated in the use of the firestick.[1]

See also

Further Reading

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


  1. The Ballarat Courier, 5 December1904.

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