Archibald Michie

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"Sir Archibald Michie. Photographer Batchelder & O'Neill. State Library of Victoria (H37475/37)
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Sir Archibald Michie was born in 1813 at Maida Vale, London, England. He arrived in Sydney in 1839, and married Mary Richardson the following year. He died on 21 june 1899 at St Kilda, Victoria.[1]

Goldfields Involvement, 1854

Michie was a defence lawyer during the State Treason Trials. [2]

Post 1854 Experiences

Archibald Michie was a co-defender of the Eureka prisoners during the Treason Trials. He was appointed Victoria's first Queens Counsel in 1863.[3]

He was on the Select Committee reporting Upon Ballaarat [i.e. Ballarat] riots - Bentley's Hotel.[4]


MELBOURNE, Thursday Afternoon.— Sir Archibald Michie died to-day, aged 86. He was the son of Archibald Michie, merchant, of London. He was called to the bar in 1838, and the following year emigrated to Sydney, where he became associated with the late Robert Lowe, afterwards Lord Sherbrooke, in the conduct of the 'Atlas' newspaper, started in 1844 in the Liberal interest. He was admitted to the Victorian bar in 1852, and entered Parliament in 1856. 'At the trial of the Eureka rioters of Ballarat, he volunteered his services for the defence gratuitously. He became Attorney-General in 1857, and was a member of subsequent Ministries. He became Agent-General in 1873. He at one time acted as 'Times' correspondent in Melbourne. He was a man of considerable literary ability and culture. For some years past he had lived a retired life. His death was expected for some time.[5]

See also

Eureka Hotel

Further Reading

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


  1. Dianne Campbell, Anglo-Irish Lawyers in Post Goldrush Ballarat, Masters Theses, 2002, p.184.
  2. Goodman, David Goodman, Eureka and Democracy IN Reappraising an Australian Legend, edited by Alan Mayne, Perth, Network Books, 2007.
  3. Dianne Campbell, Anglo-Irish Lawyers in Post Goldrush Ballarat, Masters Theses, 2002, p.184.
  4. Select Committee Upon Ballaarat [i.e. Ballarat] riots - Bentley's Hotel, accessed 09 February 2106.
  5. Sydney Evening News, 23 June 1899.

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