John van Der Byl
Goldfields Involvement, 1854
After the burning of James Bentley’s Eureka Hotel John Balderston was arrested on 27 October 1854, but later the charge was dismissed. Seven others were arrested as well and their charges were dismissed. They were Manestra Flatow, Butler, Hurd, McIntosh, Stewart and John van Der Byl.
- Names of persons arrested in connection of having been connected in the riot at Eureka (being the burning I'd Bentley's Hotel).
- Date of Arrest Name How disposed of
- Oct 21, Andrew McIntyre , Committed for trial Geelong 26 Nov.
- Oct 21, Thomas Fletcher, Committed for trial Geelong, 26 Nov.
- Oct 26, Henry Westerby, Committed for trial Melbourne, 15th Nov.
- Oct 26, Manestra Flatow, discharged
- Oct 26, Samuel Butler, discharged
- Oct 26, Albert Hurd, Committed for trial Melbourne 15th Nov. On bail
- Oct 27, John Balderston, discharged
- Oct 27, George McIntosh, discharged
- Oct 27, Charles Stewart, discharged
Post 1854 Experiences
John van der Byl appears to have left Australia soon after his case was dismissed after the burning of Bentley's Hotel. 
Corfield, J.,Wickham, D., & Gervasoni, C. The Eureka Encyclopaedia, Ballarat Heritage Services, 2004.
- Mount Alexander Mail, 3 November 1854.
- Research by B.Gow.
- PROV, VPRS 1189, Unit 153, File J54 12-469.
- Corfield, J.,Wickham, D., & Gervasoni, C. The Eureka Encyclopaedia, Ballarat Heritage Services, 2004