"Official form on blue paper - evidence - [Edward Viret], sergeant of police, 26 October 1854, p.1, PROV, VPRS5527/P0 Unit 1, Item 80
Be it remembered, that on twenty sixth day of October in the year of our Lord One thousand eight hundred and fifty four Edward Viret
of Ballarat in the Colony of Victoria Sergeant of Police personally came before me one of Her Majesty's Justices of the Peace for the said Colony, and acknowledged himself to owe to our Sovereign Lady the Queen the sum of one hundred pounds, of good lawful money of Great Britain, to be made and levied of the goods and chattels, lands and tenements, in the use of our said Lady the Queen, her Heirs and Successors, if the said Edward Viret
shall fail in the condition indorsed.
Taken and acknowledged the day and year of your first above mentioned at Ballarat in the said Colony before me
"Official form on blue paper - evidence - Edward Viret
, sergeant of police, 26 October 1854, p.2, PROV, VPRS5527/P0 Unit 1, Item 80
The condition of the within written Recognance is such, That Whereas Andrew McIntyre
was the seventeenth day of October 1854 at Ballarat in the Colony aforesaid, together with certain ther persons did tumultuously and riotously assemble and did then and there feloniously and unlawfully burn, pull down and destroy the hotel of one James Francis Bentley it therefore be the said Edward Viret
shall appear at the Criminal Sessions to be holden at Melbourne in and for the Colony of Victoria, on the fifteenth day of November next, and there give such evidence as he knoweth upon an information to be then and there preferred against the said Andrew McIntyre
for the offence aforesaid, as the Jurors who shall pass upon the trial of the said Andrew McIntyre
then the said Recognizance to be void or else stand in full force and virtue.
"Depositions of witnesses Thomas Crowther
, Michael Lawler
, John McEvoy
, William Nolan
, Edward Vinet
, Benjamin Hawkshaw
, and Michael Quigley
all of Ballarat, 21 October 1854, PROV, VPRS5527/P0 Unit 1, Item 80
Colony of Victoria Ballarat The Examination of Thomas Crowther
, Michael Lawler
, John McEvoy
, William Nolan
, Edward Viret
, Benjamin Hawkshaw and Michael Quigley all of Ballarat in the Colony of Victoria Taken on oath, this 20th day of October, in the Year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty four at Ballarat in the Colony aforesaid, before the undersigned one of Her Majesty’s Justices of the Peace for the said colony, in the presence and hearing of Andrew McIntyre
who is charged this day before us for that he the said Andrew McIntyre on the seventeenth day of October 1854 at Ballarat in the Colony of Victoria with certain other persons tumultuously riotously did assemble and did then and there unlawfully and feloniously pull down, burn and destroy a certain dwelling house, the property of one James Francis Bentley This deponent Thomas Crowther
on his oath saith as follows I am Sergeant of Police at Ballarat I was present at the riot of Mr. Bentley’s Hotel on
"Depositions of witnesses - Thomas Crowther
, October 1854, p.1, PROV, VPRS5527/P0 Unit 1, Item 80
the 17th Inst I saw Prisoner McIntyre He was standing by Mr Rede the Resident Commissioner He was addressing the crowd but I could not hear what he said I went round to the front of the Hotel I left McIntyre standing by the side of Mr. Rede I saw a large mob collected in the yard - McIntyre was one of them. He went into the bowling alley with two or three others and commenced destroying it He was pulling up the floor and plastering at the side of the place. About two or three men were in the place when a lighted brand
Goldfields Involvement, 1854
Edward Viret gave evidence regarding the burning of the Eureka Hotel:
- Edward Viret : I am a sergeant of police. I was present at the riot. McIntyre was there. He pulled down the side of the building. He said they would have justice, and repeatedly interrupted Mr. Reid.
He was also present at the Eureka Stockade:
- Edward Viret, sergeant of Police, saw Molloy coming out of the stockade at the conclusion of the firing. Told him to surrender, and he did so. In answer to the witness he said, on the way down, "The row is just beginning, and would not end here." He was as sober then as now.
Post 1854 Experiences
Edward Viret was a sergeant of police at Ballarat in 1854.
Blake, Gregory, To Pierce the Tyrant's Heart, Australian Military History Publications, 2009.
- ↑ THe Argus, 21 November 1854.
- ↑ Sydney Morning Herald. 18 December 1854.