Alexander Ranken

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(Also Alexander Rankin)

Goldfields Involvement, 1854

He was a merchant who signed the Benden Sherritt Hassell Compensation Case Petition in 1855, and was on the committee of the Ballarat Hospital in the same year.[1]

Post 1854 Experiences

Ranken lived at Ballarat, and was recorded on the 1855 Electoral Roll, under the electoral qualification of Freehold. Ranken signed a Petition of householders of Ballaarat requesting the establishment of a Municipality in 1855.[2]


A very old identity of the Wentworth district, Mr. A. Rankin, died suddenly on January 31, at Pooncarie. He was one of the oldest pioneers of the Victorian diggings, and took an active part in the famous Eureka Stockade affair at Ballarat (Victoria). Deceased was highly respected. He leaves a large family to mourn his loss.

The funeral of Mr. James Regan, one of the oldest residents of Adamstown, took place yesterday; and was largely attend-ed, the remains being interred at Sandgate. The deceased who was 86 years of age, leaves a widow and grown up family. He arrived in Australia in the early forties; landing in Victoria, and shortly after directed his attention to gold mining, After following that occupation in different centres with varying success, he pro-ceeded, to the Ballarat district with his mate, a Mr. Dunlop, where they struck gold, and take credit of being the first discoverers of the precious mineral in that locality. They made their fortune in Ballarat, and Mr. Regan returned to Mel-bourne, where he opened a large brickworks. Unfortunately he became involvedin in a law suit over the sale of bricks, in which O'Farrell, who shot at the Duke of Edinburgh, was interested, and lost all his money. Shortly after he came to New South Wales, arriving in Newcastle in 1861. The late Mr. Regan took an active part in the historic Ballarat riot, and could tell some interesting stories of the early days in the gold fields of Victoria, Mr. and Mrs. Regan settled down in Adamstown about 35 years ago, and bought a block of land at the eastern end of the township, now known as Reganstown, and the street through the block is named Regan-street. Mr. Regan was well known by all the residents of the district.[3]

See also

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. Newcastle Morning Herald, 20 April 1905.

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