James Regan

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James Regan was born at Limerick, Ireland. He arrived in Australia in 1838 aged 13. James Regan died on 18 April 1905 at Newcastle, and is buried in Sandgate Cemetery, Newcastle.

Goldfields Involvement, 1854

Between 21 and 24 August 1851 James Regan and his partner James Dunlop were the first to find gold at Poverty Point, Ballarat.

Post 1854 Experiences

In 1861 the Regan family left Victoria for New South Wales, settling at Adamstown, Newcastle.


James Regan married married Catherine Farmer at St Francis' Catholic Church, Melbourne in 1849. They had 12 children:

1. Thomas Regan

2. James Regan Jnr

3. Mary Anne Regan

4. Louisa Regan

5. Alice Regan

6. Rebecca Regan

7. Patrick J. Regan

8. Daniel Regan

9. Elizabeth Regan

10. Francis M. Regan




The funeral of Mr. James Regan, one of the oldest residents of Adamstown, took place yesterday; and was largely attended, 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 proceeded, 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 Melbourne, where he opened a large brickworks. Unfortunately he became involved in 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 goldfields 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.[1]

See also

Further Reading


  1. Newcastle Morning Herald, 20 April 1905.

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