Eliza Boyce

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Goldfields Involvement, 1854

Eliza (Robe) and James Boyce Junior married on 1 April 1841 at the Independent Chapel, Launceston, Tasmania before coming to Victoria. His parents Margaret (Shortland) and James Boyce were married in 1818 Hobart, Van Diemen’s Land. A year after their son John James Boyce Junior was born in Hobart in 1819. Eliza (Robe) and John James Boyce Junior moved to south east Australia in 1842 where he worked as a butcher for the Hentys at Port Fairy. Eliza (Robe) and John James Boyce Junior’s fourth child, Alice Eureka, was born in Ballarat in 1854 where John was plying his trade as a butcher on the goldfields. She was a sister to Emma Eliza who had been born in Tasmania. After living in Ballarat the Boyce family moved to Briagolong in Gippsland where they brought up five girls and two boys. Eliza died on 19 February 1891 at Briagolong, Gippsland and James died around ten years later on 19 December 1902.

Post 1854 Experiences


Children of Eliza and James Boyce:




4. Alice Eureka Boyce (Married Reuban Ward in 1874)

Eureka Contemporaries ?
The week-end magazine portion of "The Age" of Saturday, November 26, Interested me very much in relation to the stirring episode, Eureka Stockade battle of right versus might. It would be really interesting to know if there are still some old people living In or near Ballarat who were participants or eyewitnesses of the event, For myself, I can only claim the honor to have been the first white child born at Eureka, my birth taking place on July 28, 1852. The small gold brooch referred to by Mr R. Ross Is only the pendant of a very beautiful brooch made from a 7-oz. nug get obtained on Eureka, and which a In the possession of an elder sister's a family. My father, John Boyce, was a very successful "digger," and obtained much gold duringseven years mining in Ballarat,— A.E.W. (Caulfield)[1]

See also

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.


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. The Age, 07 December 1938.

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