Owen Duffy

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Goldfields Involvement, 1854

Post 1854 Experiences

Samuel Thomas Gill, First Quartz crushing Battery, Base of Black Hill, Ballaarat. 1855, colour lithograph.
Art Gallery of Ballarat, gift of Dr. Philip Moulton, 2004.


Death of Mining Identity. - News was received in Mackay (says the "Mercury") of the death in Croydon of Mr. Owen Duffy, an old mining identity and one who was connected with northern mining fields in the palmy days. Mr. Duffy was a native of New York State, and on coming out to Australia joined the crowd of colonists who went up to the Bendigo field. Here be searched for the golden grain, and during his residence on the now famous field witnessed the thrilling events of those early days which resulted in what is now familiar to Australians as the Eureka Stockade. Mr. Duffy was also associated with the Wedding Mountain rush in N.S.W., and subsequently turned his attention to Northern Queensland. Here it is safe to say there was not a gold rush he did not participate in, but his chief interests were at Croy- don, where he was amongst the first to establish a battery, the site being at Golden Gate. Fortune smiled on him from a mining point of view, and he was almost amongst the ranks of the "lucky diggers." He took a keen interest in mining right up till the last, and passed away at the ripe old age of 86 years. The deceased was an uncle of Mr. R. Baker, of the staff of the Adelaide Company, Mackay, and visited Mackay-about 12 months ago.[1]

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Further Reading

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


  1. Cairns Post, 10 November 1917.

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