Alfred Carr

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Dr Alfred Carr sailed to Australia on the Araminta arriving in Geelong on 04 October 1852. He qualified as a member of the Royal College of Surgeons in 1842. He died in the Ararat Asylum in June 1894.[1]

Goldfields Involvement, 1854

In 1854 Dr Carr was conducting a hospital with Dr George Clendinning at Red Hill, Ballarat. He was the closest doctor to the Eureka Hotel, there was the first doctor called with George Scobie was murdered. He preformed the autopsy[2] Dr Alfred Carr was a witness at the Inquest into the death of William Hardie on 04 December 1854.[3]

Martha Clendinning, claimed to have piece of Eureka Flag given to her by Dr Alfred Carr.[4]

It was reported that Dr Alfred Carr was struck by a bullet fired by a sentry, soon after the Eureka Affair. On Friday night the Camp Surgeon and Dr. A. Carr had a narrow escape from being shot; owing to some blunder, while the former gentleman was going into the Hospital he was fired on by one of the sentries. How this happened I do not know; the ball barely missed him, went through the wooden wall of the hospital, through the lid of the medicine chest, which was open at the time. and passed close to the shoulder of Dr. Carr, who was reading in the hospital; some. splinters from the lid of the chest struck Dr. Carr on the side. The "Criterion" conveyance brought up the papers, on Saturday, under six hours; some of them were delivered before half-past Twelve.[5]

Post 1854 Experiences

Charles A. Doudiet, watercolour on paper, 1854, watercolour, on paper.
Courtesy Art Gallery of Ballarat, purchased by the Ballarat Fine Art Gallery with the assistance of many donors, 1996.

Dr Carr was a witness examined during the report of the Board appointed to enquire into circumstances connected with the riot at Ballarat, and the burning of James Bentley's Eureka Hotel. [6] He returned to England for a holiday in 1855, returning to Victoria on the Persia in 1857. He was suffering from mental illness and he became a patient of the Yarra Bend Lunatic Asylum. He never recovered from his mental illness and was transferred to teh Ararat Asylum in 1887. He spent the rest of his life there.[7]

See also

William Hardie

Eureka Flag

Further Reading

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


  1. Dianne Campbell, Anglo-Irish Lawyers in Post Goldrush Ballarat, Masters theses, 2002, p.183.
  2. Gervasoni, Clare and Ford, Tina, Eureka Stockade centre Hall of Debate Kit, 1998.
  3. PROV, VPRS24/p, Box 24, Unit 23.
  4. Wickham, D., Gervasoni, C. & Phillipson, W., Eureka Research Directory, Ballarat Heritage Services, 1999.
  5. Geelong Advertiser and Intelligencer, Tuesday 12 December 1854
  6. Report of the Board appointed to Enquire into Circumstances Connected with the Late Disturbance at Ballarat, John Ferres, Government Printer, Melbourne, 21 November 1854.
  7. Gervasoni, Clare and Ford, Tina, Eureka Stockade centre Hall of Debate Kit, 1998.

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