Ann Diamond

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Anne Keane married Martin Diamond.

Goldfields Involvement, 1854

Ann was the wife of the storekeeper Martin Diamond (sometimes referred to as John Diamond) who was killed in the Eureka Stockade. Ann sought Government compensation on 24 December 1854 after her tent and stock was burnt inside stockade. The claim was rejected. Ann, giving evidence before the Goldfields Commission, said that her store was ‘half in and half out of the Stockade’, and that she ran away and asked Martin Diamond to come with her. He was coming after her when he was shot, and the military and police set fire to the tent. He then got three cuts of a sword and the stab of a bayonet after he was shot. The store, with property to the value of £600, was destroyed by fire immediately after the battle. In Ann’s compensation claim she says that her late husband did not take any part in the encounter, either directly or indirectly. Martin was born at Castleclare, County Clare, Ireland, he came to Australia and established their store at Ballarat. Before the storming of the Eureka Stockade, the leaders of the protesting miners were said to have met at Diamond’s store. [1]; [2]; [3]

Post 1854 Experiences

Diamond Drive in the Ballaarat Old Cemetery is named after the Diamonds.

See also

Martin Diamond

Further Reading

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

Wickham, D., Gervasoni, C. & Phillipson, W., Eureka Research Directory, Ballarat Heritage Services, 1999.

Dorothy Wickham, Women in 'Ballarat' 1851-1871: A Case Study in Agency, PhD. School of Behavioural and Social Sciences and Humanities, University of Ballarat, March 2008.

Dorothy Wickham, Blood, Sweat and Tears: Women of Eureka in Journal of Australian Colonial History, 10, No, 1, 2008, pp. 99-115.

Dorothy Wickham, Women of the Diggings: Ballarat 1854, BHSPublishing, 2009.,_Sweat_and_Tears:_Women_at_Eureka

Clare Wright, The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka, Text Publishing, 2013.

Dorothy Wickham, Not just a Pretty Face: Women on the Goldfields, in Pay Dirt: Ballarat & Other Gold Towns, BHSPublishing, 2019, pp. 25-36.


  1. VPRS 1189, Unit 240
  2. Laurel Johnson, Women of Eureka, Ballarat 1995, p32-34.
  3. Dorothy Wickham, Deaths at Eureka, Ballarat 1996.

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