George Byford

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George Byford was born on January 1830 at Foxearth, Essex, England. He arrived in Australia on 26 June 1854. Byford married Caroline Tringham on 28 July 1879 at Dunedin, New Zealand, and the couple had five children. Byford died on 23 May 1915 and is buried at Napier Cemetery, New Zealand.[1]

Byford joined the army at the age of 18, becoming a member of the 40th Regiment (Reg No 3156). [2]

Goldfields Involvement, 1854

Byford participated in the Eureka battle, and recognised Charles Ferguson as a participant.[3]

Post 1854 Experiences

Byford served at Port Arthur before sailing for New Zealand where he was involved in the Maori Wars, and awarded a good conduct medal and the Maori War Medal. Byford took discharge in New Zealand after serving for 12 years in the Military. He was granted land in the north of New Zealand.[4]

See also


Further Reading

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


  1. notes from Caroline Jackson
  2. notes from Caroline Jackson
  3. notes from Caroline Jackson
  4. notes from Caroline Jackson

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