John Dalton

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Dalton was born in Ireland. He was married by Patrick Smyth just before the Eureka Stockade. [1]

Goldfields Involvement, 1854

Dalton was a participant at the Eureka Stockade battle, and helped to conceal Peter Lalor in a hole and covered him with slabs according to Phoebe Emmerson.[2]

Post 1854 Experiences


The funeral of the late Mrs Margaret Dalton took place on - Thursday, the remains being interred in the Smythesdale General Cemetery. There was a large attendance, evidencing the esteem in which the decreased had been held. She was one of the few remaining pioneers. Landing in Tasmania in March, 1852, she came to Ballarat in 1854, and in 1858 to Smythesdale, where she had resided ever since. The deceased lady was of a quiet and kindly disposition, and was highly respected by all who knew her. She retained her mental faculties to the last, and could relate incidents connected with the Eureka Riot and, other events that happened in the early days. She leaves a grown-up family of three sons and four daughters. 19 grandchildren, and one great grandson, to mourn their loss. Two grandsons are on active service. The deceased was born at Birr, King's County, Ireland, and was in her 81st year. The coffin-bearers were Messrs T. Dalton (son of the deceased), W. Manghes, T. Dickson aud W. West (sons-in-law), and the pall bearers were Messrs J. Creed, P. Burke. D. Walsh, N. Schwartz, M. McMenamin, J. Cameron, L. Reitze. M. McCarthy, A. McMaster, J. Robinson. F. Murphy, M. Martin, W. Williamson, R. Searle, W. Hockridge. The Rev. F. Ryan conducted the service at the grave and Mr M Veal had charge of the funeral arrangements. [3]

See also

Smythesdale Cemetery

Further Reading

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


  1. Wickham, D., Gervasoni, C. & Phillipson, W., Eureka Research Directory, Ballarat Heritage Services, 1999.
  2. Wickham, D., Gervasoni, C. & Phillipson, W., Eureka Research Directory, Ballarat Heritage Services, 1999.
  3. Ballarat Star, 3 November 1917.

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