James Eunson

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Walter E. Pidgeon, Illustration from The Eureka Stockade by Raffaello Carboni, Sunnybrook Press, 1942, offset print.
Art Gallery of Ballarat, purchased 1994.

Background

James Eunson arrived in Victoria in 1854[1] from Aberdeen, Scotland.[2]

James died 06 April 1914 at Ballarat Street, Brunswick, Victoria.[3] According to the Obituary was attended by several Eureka veterans, the pall-bearers were: Mr. A. G. Healing, F. H. Williams, W. Brown, A. Rosen, T. Ridland, G. Major, Newbegin and Fox, all of whom were connected with the Eureka Stockade episode.[4] Enson is buried in the Coburg Cemetery.

Goldfields Involvement, 1854

James Eunson was a participant in the Eureka Stockade battle, and had the misfortune to be shot through the stomach.[5]

Post 1854 Experiences

After recovering from his injuries James remained in Ballarat and on 6 January 1859 he married Johanna KEILEY (KILEY) (daughter of James Keily and Ellen Keily) an Irish immigrant from Tipperary at Mount Pleasant, Ballarat. They continued to live in Ballarat area for several more years where he worked as a hawker, at which he must have been successful as he had soon established with two others as a importer of glass and earthenwares. Around 1860 the family returned to Melbourne, where they lived in the Carlton/Fitzroy/Collingwood areas.[6]

By the 1880s James Eunson was co-owner of the Tyne Flint Glass Works in Flinders street, Melbourne, this company manufacturing supplied drinking glasses for wine tasting to the Melbourne International Exhibition of 1880-81.[7]

Family

James Eunson had 20 children from two marriages. on 6 January 1859 James Eunson married Johanna Keiley (Kiley), daughter of James Keily and Ellen Keily) an Irish immigrant from Tipperary, Ireland at Mount Pleasant, Ballarat. They had nine children together. The following children survived their father.

Ellen Eunson (Born Ballarat)[8]

Agnes Eunson (Born Ballarat)[9]

John Eunson

James Eunson

Johannah Eunson

Thomas Eunson (Later Rev. T.A. Eunson of Collingwood)[10]

Jessie Eunson

Elizabeth Eunson

Christina Eunson

William Eunson

Wallace Eunson

Norman Eunson - In 1914 Norman was living at Wyndham Street, Shepparton.[11]

Leslie Eunson

Adeline Eunson

llma Eunson

Elliott Eunson

Lily Eunson

Charles Eunson

Obituary

WOUNDED IN EUREKA RIOT
DEATH OF MR. JAMES EUNSON.
On Tuesday afternoon, 7th inst.,, the remains of the late Mr. James Eunson, father, of Rev. T. A. Eunson, of Collingwood, were interred in the Coburg General Cemetery. His death occurred at the age of 81 years at 'Glasgow' House, Ballarat-street, Brunswick, the previous day. Deceased was a colonist of 58 years, he arrived in Victoria in 1854. For some time he was in the employ of the late Mr. J. Stanway as a glass packer. He afterwards went to Ballarat, and he used to relate some exciting experiences in connection with the Eureka Stockade riot. During those stormy days he had the misfortune to be shot through the stomach. After his recovery he came to Melbourne, and after living in North Carlton and Fitzroy, settled on the late Sir Andrew Clarke's estate at Northcote, where he was married for the second time to Miss Elizabeth Mary Harrison, a native of Brunswick. The funeral was attended by a number of representative men. Messrs. Clarke and Coy. were represented by Mrs. Newbegin and W. Brown; A. G. Healing and Coy., proprietary Ltd., by Mr. A. G. Healing; Foresters' Lodge, by Mr. R. Clarke. The pall-bearers were: Mr. A. G. Healing, F. H. Williams, W. Brown, A. Rosen, T. Ridland, G. Major, Newbegin and Fox, all of whom were connected with the Eureka Stockade episode. The burial service was conducted by the Rev. J. A. Crockett; while Mr. J. Allison, of Brunswick, carried out the funeral arrangements. Amongst the floral tributes placed on the grave, we noticed wreaths from: Messrs. A. G. Healing and staff, Clarke and Coy. and employes, and employes of Levy Brothers. The deceased, who was also many years in Hazelglen, had in all a family of 20 children Mrs. Eunson and the following children survive him:- Ellen, Agnes, John, James, Johannah, Thomas, Jessie, Elizabeth, Christina, William, Wallace, Norman, Leslie, Adeline, llma, Elliott, Lily, Charles, late of Hazelglen.[12]

See also

Further Reading

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

[13]

References

  1. Brunswick and Coburg Star, 17 April 1914.
  2. Research by descendant Alan Young, 2019.
  3. Shepparton Advertiser, 09 April 1914.
  4. Research by descendant Alan Young, 2019.
  5. Brunswick and Coburg Star, 17 April 1914.
  6. Research by descendant Alan Young, 2019.
  7. Research by descendant Alan Young, 2019.
  8. Research by descendant Alan Young, 2019.
  9. Research by descendant Alan Young, 2019.
  10. Shepparton Advertiser, 09 April 1914.
  11. Shepparton Advertiser, 09 April 1914.
  12. Brunswick and Coburg Star, 17 April 1914.
  13. Wickham, D., Gervasoni, C. & Phillipson, W., Eureka Research Directory, Ballarat Heritage Services, 1999.

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