George Gordon

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Goldfields Involvement, 1854

George Gordon was arrested and gaoled for contempt of court after the acquittal of John Joseph at the Eureka Treason Trials.[1]

Post 1854 Experiences

In the News

AT SIX O'CLOCK ON FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 1855, the gallery of the Supreme Court at Melbourne was in an uproar. Men and Women stamped their feet on the floor and pounded the seats with their fists.
A few of them shouted, but the words were lost in the din: 'Good old Jack! Good on yer. Darky! That'll show the Toorak Tyrant! Wot d'yer think of that verdict, Sir William Stawell? The Chief Justice (Sir William A'Beckett), sat back in his ornamented chair amazed, while the court officials tried to restore order. In a momentary lull in the uproar, the Chief Justice bitterly told his clerks to seize the persons responsible for the 'disgraceful scene.' The gallery emptied quickly. Of the dozens who had clamoured upstairs, only two were caught, and they were brought, struggling, before his Honour, to admit their names as George Gordon and John Keogh. But while his Honour flayed the pair with bitter comment on the type that had made him famous throughout the colony, nobody took much heed of their fate. Sentenced to a week in the cells for contempt, they were taken away by the troopers almost unnoticed... [2]

See also

Treason Trials

John Keogh

Further Reading


  1. Townsville Daily Bulleton, 25 February 1953.
  2. Townsville Daily Bulletin, 25 February 1953.

External links

Citation Details: Gervasoni, Clare, ‘George Gordon', Eurekapedia,, accessed [insert date]

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