Richard Davies Ireland was born on 27 October 1815 at Roscommon, County Galway, Ireland. He arrived in Australia on 03 January 1853. Ireland married Sophia Mary Carr.
Ireland died on 11 January 1877 and is buried in the St Kilda Cemetery.
Ireland was interested in politics, and supported the Irish confederation in 1848. Richard Davies Ireland, entering the Bar in the same year. At the time of Eureka he was located in St Kilda, Melbourne, Victoria.
Goldfields Involvement, 1854
Ireland’s association with Ballarat was as a defending barrister during the Eureka Treason Trials.
Ireland was the defending barrister for those accused of treason during the Eureka affair, winning repute for his brilliant defence. Ireland also defended James Bentley, during the James Scobie murder trial, and Andrew McIntyre, Thomas Fletcher and Henry Westerby, after they were accused of the burning of Bentley’s Eureka Hotel. He was the Counsel for Timothy Hayes and Raffaello Carboni.
Post 1854 Experiences
After the Eureka Treason Trials Ireland’s practice flourished, and in 1857 he entered the Legislative Assembly on his third attempt. He represented Castlemaine in 1857-1859, Maryborough 1859-1861, Villiers & Heytesbury in 1861-1864, and Kilmore in 1866-1888. Ireland entered the NSW Bar in 1857. In 1863 he was appointed Queens Counsel.
Corfield, J., Wickham, D., & Gervasoni, C. The Eureka Encyclopaedia, Ballarat Heritage Services, 2004.