George Hayman

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40th Regiment Military Band, c1852-60. Group portrait of the Military Band of the 40th Regiment with Joseph Hartigan as Band Sergeant. State Library of Victoria (H7686)


Goldfields Involvement, 1854

George Hayman was a member of the 12th Regiment.[1]

Post 1854 Experiences


AN OLD SOLDIER'S CAREER. - Mr. George A. Hayman, of Granville, whose death was recorded in a recent issue of the Sydney "Daily Telegraph," was one of the few remaining Imperial troops who assisted at the capture of the Eureka Stockade. The son of a well-to-do London corn merchant. He ran away from home as a youth, 'listed into the old 12th Foot (Suffolk) Regiment, and with the first battalion was drafted out to Australia. By a chance he missed the Crimean campaign. The headquarters' company of the regiment, to which Mr. Hayman belonged, sailed in the ship Camperdown. Before the vessel was fairly clear of the coast the Crimean war began. Two ships were dispatched to intercept the Camperdown, with the object of diverting the detachment aboard to the Crimea, but she proved herself a "heeler" and was not overhauled. The Camperdown reached Melbourne when the Ballarat miners' troubles were at their height. A detachment of 65 men of the 12th Regiment, under Captain Queale and Lieutenant Paul, landed, making forced marches, arrived at Ballarat in time to participle in the attack on the Eureka Stockade, afterwards acting as escort to the prisoners from Ballarat to Melbourne. From Melbourne the Suffolks proceeded to Perth, where Mr. Hayman saw several years' service, and attained the rank of corporal in the "old colonial days," the troops acting chiefly as guards to the convicts. Coming on to Sydney, the company remained in barracks until the outbreak of the second Maori war, when they were drafted to New Zealand. At the close of the Maori war Mr. Hayman obtained his discharge, along with the usual soldier's grant of land in New Zealand. Returning to Sydney he settled at Paddington, where for many years be carried on business as a painter, at the same time reassociating himself with the military service as a volunteer. Mr. Hayman left a widow, one son, and six daughters.[2]

See also


Further Reading

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


  1. Barrier Miner, 21 February 1908.
  2. Barrier Miner, 21 February 1908.

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