John Leech

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John Leech was born 17 March 1815, and died at Geelong in 1908.[1]

Goldfields Involvement, 1854

Post 1854 Experiences


A Geelong telegram states:— One of the oldest residents of Geelong, Mr. John Leech, died at his residence, South Geelong, yesterday morning at the age of 93, he having been born on St. Patrick's Day, 1815. As far back as 1827, when a lad of 12, he made a voyage in a whaler to the North Sea, and four years later a voyage to Van Diemen's Land in the barque Marquis of Hastings. After spending 10 years around the Tasmanian coast he joined the barque Lady Emma, and made a trip to Portland Bay, the only sign of civilisation there being the Henty homestead. Returning to Melbourne, he deserted, and making his way overland, arrived in Geelong on 7th June, 1840. He was engaged pile-driving at the first jetty constructed in Corio Bay, when the news of the gold find at Ballarat arrived, and he was one of the first in the field. He also took an active part in the miners' protest at the Eureka Stockade in 1854. The deceased, who had a powerful physique, was a member of the various boat crews that represented Geelong at the Tamar River regatta, held in the forties.[2]

EUREKA STOCKADER'S DEATH. - MELBOURNE, Tuesday. — Jonn Leich, aged 93, and one of the oldest residents of Geelong, died to-day. De ceased took an active part in the defence of the Eureka Stockade in 1854.[3]

See also

Further Reading

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



  1. Bendigo Advertiser, 1 April 1908.
  2. Bendigo Advertiser, 1 April 1908.
  3. North Western Advocate and the Emu Bay Times , 01 April 1908.
  4. Wickham, D., Gervasoni, C. & Phillipson, W., Eureka Research Directory, Ballarat Heritage Services, 1999.

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