Michael Callinan

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Background

Callinan was born in 1829, Ireland. His parents were John and Kate Callinan. Michael was the cousin of John Hanrahan. In 1852 Callinan married Catherine Milligen at Kilfenora, County Clare, Ireland. They went on to have five children.[1]

Goldfields Involvement, 1854

Callinan was a participant in the Eureka Stockade battle, with wounds including two bullets in his thigh. He fought alongside his brothers, Thomas Callinan, Patrick Callinan and John Callinan. [2]

Post 1854 Experiences

He was killed at No 2 mineshaft at the Band of Hope Mine after being pulled into the poppet head. This accident occurred on 12 July 1867.[3]

Obituary

The funeral of Michael Callinan, accidentally killed on Thursday at the Band of Hope Company's No. 2 shaft, took place on Saturday, and was remarkable as having been the most numerously attended of any private funeral in this district. The deceased was 38 years of age and was a native of Ennistamon, County Clare, Ireland, and had resided in this district since 1853. In the early days of gold digging here, when rough methods of settling disputes arose, Mr Callinan quelled many a disturbance, as he had a great deal of influence over his countrymen. He fought with the diggers at Eureka, and was wounded there on that eventful Sunday morning in 1854. The funeral procession reached the whole way from Armstrong street to the cemetery, Several hundred men followed the hearse on foot, 107 vehicles followed, and nearly 200 horsemen brought up the rear. The directors and manager of the Band of Hope Company attended."[4]

See also

John Callinan

Patrick Callinan

Thomas Callinan

John Hanrahan

Further Reading

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

References

  1. Wickham, D., Gervasoni, C. & Phillipson, W., Eureka Research Directory, Ballarat Heritage Services, 1999.
  2. Wickham, D., Gervasoni, C. & Phillipson, W., Eureka Research Directory, Ballarat Heritage Services, 1999.
  3. Wickham, D., Gervasoni, C. & Phillipson, W., Eureka Research Directory, Ballarat Heritage Services, 1999.
  4. Ballarat Star. 04 August 1917.

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