Goldfields Involvement, 1854
Post 1854 Experiences
- BANQUET TO MR ISAAC BARRATT.
- A banquet was given on Thursday, 26th June; at Ogilvy’s Ascot hotel, to Mr Isaac Barratt, late of Tourello, prior to his departure for Europe. The company numbered about sixty gentlemen, and included many influential citizens from Ballarat, Clunes, and elsewhere. Mr M'lntosh, of Myrtle Grove, occu pied the head of the table, supported on the right by the guest of the evening, whilst Messrs Baird and M'Dowall filled the vice chairs. After the usual loyal toasts had been disposed of, the chairman proposed the health of the guest, Mr Isaac Barrett. ln doing so, he observed that Mr Barratt was the pioneer of the agricultural district of Ballarat, and the very first that settled down in the Ascot district; He first became acquainted with Mr Barratt at a sale of country lands in that district nineteen years ago. Mr Barratt was then living in Melbourne, and, while never neglecting his own interest, he always attended to the interest and well-being of the district. He had reared up in a most creditable manner a large family, and after making a handsome fortune he was going home to enjoy it, and he would have the satisfaction of knowing that he had worked hard for it. There was no interest which had for its object the good or well-being of the colony and district in particular but what he was forward in. In fact, there had been nothing in which the aid of a hearty good fellow was required but what he was there. He was one of the founders of the Ballarat Agricultural Society, and for a long time one of its most useful members; he was also a member of the old Ballarat Road Board, and took his share of the work done by that body. There was not a school in the district but had been assisted by Mr Barratt; neither was there a church built that did not receive his aid, and, apart from public life, he might say that having been a neighbor of his for nineteen years he had always found in him a social and staunch friend. He (the guest) was going home with a handsome for tune, after commencing at the bottom of the ladder, and he hoped all present might go home the same way. Mr M‘Intosh concluded by wishing Mr Barratt “health, happiness, and a safe voyage; home.” The toast was enthusiastically drunk, accompanied by musical honors. Mr Isaac Barratt rose to respond, but it was quite evident he was not equal to the task, being too much overcome by the kindly expressions lavished upon him by his friends’ He said he felt very grateful at the warm and hearty reception accorded him, and was happy to find he had so many friends. He had been living in that district, for the past nineteen years, during which time it had been his study to cultivate a friendly feeling with his neighbors, and he was proud to say he had succeeded. There was much he would like to say to them, but he was unequal to the task, and hoped, they would take the will for the deed. He should remember the many kindnesses he had received from his friends at Ascot, and should long cherish their kind reception of him on that occasion. Mr Barratt then sat down amid a perfect ovation.
Corfield, J.,Wickham, D., & Gervasoni, C. The Eureka Encyclopaedia, Ballarat Heritage Services, 2004.
- Wickham, Dorothy, Shot in the Dark: Being the Petition for the Compensation Case of Benden S. Hassell, Ballarat Heritage Services, 1998.
- Ballarat Star, 28 June 1873.
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