William Hurst

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Goldfields Involvement, 1854

Charles A. Doudiet, watercolour on paper, 1854, watercolour, on paper.
Courtesy Art Gallery of Ballarat, purchased by the Ballarat Fine Art Gallery with the assistance of many donors, 1996.

Hurst was 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]

Post 1854 Experiences

Interesting Link Revealed.
BALLARAT, Tuesday.— A link with the early pioneers was interestingly revealed to-day at a land board held by the district land officer, Mr. G. L. Wood, to consider the disposition of the old Literary Society's Hall in Thompson-street, Brown Hill.
In the original file was found the constitution of the original "Brown Hill Christian Association, established in 1858," who built the hall in that year "for mutual improvement, Biblical, historical and scientific learning." Pioneer ing families were "well represented in the inaugural office hearers. They were:— Patron James Oddie; president. Rev. J. Milard; vice-president, Joseph Nicholson; treasurer. Matthew George; secretary, Richard Hosking; librarian Daniel Kelly; committee, William Hurst, Robert Allan, Joseph Young. Robert Nicholson, Henry Mann, G. D. Lee. On sentimental and historical grounds objections to the disposal of the old hall and site were lodged on behalf of the citizens by Crs. A. Darling and J. C. Bush, and Messrs. J, Tainsh, G. Stewart, A. Ellis and others. It was decided to recommend that a public meeting be called to appoint a committee of management to keep the reserve for the public in perpetuity.[2]

At the Methodist Church, Wagga, yesterday, the Rev. F. Duesbury solemnised the nuptials of Mr. William Hurst, of Wagga, son of Mr. William Hurst, of Ballarat, Vic., and Miss Selina J. Patterson, daughter of Mr. George Patterson, contractor, North Wagga. Miss Fanny Patterson, sister of the bridge, acted as bridesmaid, and Mr. T. Hardiman as "best man." The assembled spectators joined in the singing of " The Voice that Breathed o'er Eden," and Mrs. Duesbury played the wedding march at the conclusion of the service. The wedding party adjourned to the Australian Hotel, where the breakfast was spread, and the customary toasts were honored. Mr. and Mrs. Hurst left for Gundagai for the honeymoon.[3]

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.
  2. The Age, 07 September 1932.
  3. Wagga Wagga Advertiser, 01 May 1902.

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