Ninian Paton

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In His 93rd Year A survivor of the Stockade fight is Mr. Ninian Paton, of Bennett-street, Neutral Bay, who is in his 93rd year. "I came from Glasgow to Melbourne in 1852," he said. "At the age of 12 I was working at Ballarat, and retain vivid memories of the famous Eureka Stockade. I had a position near the blacksmith, who owing to the shortage of weapons, was turning the proverbial 'plough shares into swords." "A man beside me had the top of his head lifted off in the encounter with the troopers." Miner and Seaman Ninian Paton liked the adventurous life of those days. He wandered the goldfields of Australia and New Zealand, and spent two years at sea. In 1885 he came to Sydney and built his first shop on the site where Lowe's now are, opposite the Queen Victoria Markets. Some years later it was burnt to the ground, the bank crash followed, and Ninian Paton, at the age of 50, and with a family of 10, had to start business all over again. At the age of 88 he underwent a major operation, and now, as he said yesterday, "I never felt better!"[1]

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  1. Sydney Sun, 17 January 1935.