John Broadhurst

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Walter E. Pidgeon, Illustration from The Eureka Stockade by Raffaello Carboni, Sunnybrook Press, 1942, offset print.
Art Gallery of Ballarat, purchased 1994.
"Deposition of Michael Murphy, 27 October 1854, p.1, PROV, VPRS5527/P0 Unit 1, Item 90

And this Deponent Michael Murphy on his oath saith I am a private of 40th Regt. On the 17th Inst by Command of Lieut. Broadhurst I was marched to Bentley’s Hotel. We formed round the Hotel I saw the prisoner Westerby seize the firelock of Private Sorrell and try to take it from him – he was pushed away by Mr. Commr. Rede
By prisoners Attorney I was close
"Deposition of Michael Murphy, 27 October 1854, p.2, PROV, VPRS5527/P0 Unit 1, Item 90

to the prisoner at this time I was only the length of firelock from him
Michael Murphy
Sworn before us at Ballarat this 27 October 1854


Lieutenant Broadhurst and men of the 40th Regiment were sent to the Meeting at Bentley's Eureka Hotel by Commissioner Roobert Rede, who was epecting trouble. Broadhurst was later a witness examined during the report of the Board appointed to enquire into circumstances connected with the riot at Ballarat, and the burning of James Bentley's Eureka Hotel. [1]

Goldfields Involvement, 1854

Post 1854 Experiences

See also


Further Reading

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


  1. Report of the Board appointed to Enquire into Circumstances Connected with the Late Disturbance at Ballarat, John Ferres, Government Printer, Melbourne, 21 November 1854.

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