Alfred Black

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Alfred, the brother of George Black, was probably at Reids Creek in 1853. Alfred Black edited the Diggers' Advocate in early 1854. At the time of the Eureka Stockade Alfred Black was sharing a tent with Henry Nicholls. [1]

Goldfields Involvement, 1854

Black was a member of the Ballarat Reform League Committee, and was at the Bakery Hill meeting when Peter Lalor jumped on the stump. Black recorded the names of each Captain, and their divisions. He was a participant in the Eureka battle, and Secretary of War to Peter Lalor. Black drew up a ‘Declaration of Independence.’ [2]

Peter Lalor. Melbourne Leader, 17 May 1862.

James McDowall gave evidence during the 1855 Goldfields Commission. He had a horse taken on 02 December 1854 and was given a note stating Eureka Camp. December 2, 1854. This is to certify that we pressed on the above date a horse branded JH-JNI, belonging to James McDowall, for the services of the diggers under arms. By order of Commander in Chief, A.A. Black, Secretary.

Post 1854 Experiences


... Next there was the great meeting on Bakery Hill, where the last plea for peace was made, and the tension between authority and insurrection, strained to breaking point, at length gave way. many accounts have been given of that meeting, but the story bluntly told by a runaway sailor is as good as any. "There were thousands there, and Alfred Black, who was afterwards killed in a mine, was speaking. He was a fine gentlemanly fellow, a good speaker, and to the last he implored them not to appeal to arms—though when they did so he went in with them, and was 'secretary for war." ...[3]

A man named John Black, who died in the Ballarat Hospital on Friday, claimed to be identical with the Black who noted as "Minister of War" at the Eureka Stockade riot, and-for whose apprehension a reward of £200 was offered. In Withers' "History of Ballarat" the name of the "Minister of War" is given as Alfred A. Black, but there is a record of other men named Black having rendered less prominent service to the insurgents.[4]

See also

Ballarat Reform League

George Black

Peter Lalor

Henry Nicholls

Further Reading

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


  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. The Argus, 10 June 1899.
  4. The Argus, 13 March 1905.

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