Mrs M. Hanley

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Mrs Hanley was born in County Clare, Ireland.[1]

Goldfields Involvement, 1854

Mrs Hanley was present at the Eureka Stockade. [2]

Post 1854 Experiences

At the time of her death Mrs Hanley was living at Diggora.[3]


DIGGORRA. 24th July. The death took place on Sunday morning of Mrs. M. Hanley, wife of Mr. Simon Hanley, at the age of 86 years, from heart failure. The deceased lady came to the district in 1874 with her husband and family, and was held in much respect for her kindly qualities. The late Mrs. Hanley was a member of the M'Carthy clan, well known in the district, about 30 years ago, and was present at the Eureka Stockade riots, and was married at Ballarat in the early gold-digging days. She was a native of County Clare, Ireland. She leaves a husband and son (Mr. J. Hanley, farmer), and Miss Mary Hanley, of Diggora, to mourn the loss of a devoted wife and mother, besides a large circle of relatives and friends, who regret the demise of a fine type of the pioneering women of the district. The roll call of pioneer residents is thinning out. Few of the old selectors remain who opened up the district in the early seventies. The funeral of the late Mrs. Hanley took place to the Rochester Cemetery to-day and was largely attended by mourners from miles around. Father Griffin officiated at the graveside. [4]

In The News

When 14 years old Simon Hanley fought at Eureka Stockade. Now he is spending the eve of his life at Diggora near Rochester. He was one of the stout-hearted pioneers who followed the lure of gold in the early 'fifties' at Ballarat. He is the mildest and most genial of men, but, his eyes flash when he refers to the days when, as a lad of about fourteen years of age, he went forth armed with a pike and a revolver. He was one of three brothers who were in the firing line. The oldest of the three — Michael — received two bullet, wounds during the fight, one of which was in directly the cause of his death, about fifteen years later, while handling a restive horse.
The other brother, Jeremiah, like Simon, escaped unharmed, and the most treasured memory of the latter in regard to this historical escapade centres in the fact that he harmed nobody. Born on a farm at Mount Katharane, in County Tipperary, Ireland, in 1849, Hanley sailed for Australia from Birkenhead in the ship Mangerton, in 1852, the vessel was blown' ashore on the coast of Scotland during an adventurous voyage that took six months to complete. Eventually, however, Geelong was reached. Ballarat was the rendezvous decided on by 'the'ship's passengers, and gold was the adventurers lodstone. The Hanley brothers did well on the diggings, but Simon soon followed farming pursuits at Windermere, and afterwards at Bungaree - a decade being spent in each place. About 1873 the Diggora lands were thrown open for selection, and he settled there.[5]

See also

Simon Hanley

Michael Hanley

Further Reading


  1. Bendigonian, 27 July 1916.
  2. Bendigonian, 27 July 1916.
  3. Bendigonian, 27 July 1916.
  4. Bendigonian, 27 July 1916.
  5. Bathurst Times, 30 March 1914

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