Graham Webster

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Walter E. Pidgeon, Illustration from The Eureka Stockade by Raffaello Carboni, Sunnybrook Press, 1942, offset print.
Art Gallery of Ballarat, purchased 1994.


Graham Webster was born in Scotland.[1]

Goldfields Involvement, 1854

Webster 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. [2]

Post 1854 Experiences


Mr. Graham Webster, formerly a well known police magistrate, died on Sunday at Greensborough, aged 72. The deceased gentleman was the last direct descendant of John Graham, of Claverhouse, Viscount Dundee, the "Bonnie Dundee", of Scottish Jacobite song and story. He came as a young man to Victoria in 1851, attracted by the news of the gold discoveries, and for a time tried his fortune as a digger. He then entered the public service, and was stationed at Ballarat as Chinese protector, when the disturbances took place which culminated in the fight at the Eureka Stockade in 1854. Shortly after, he was transferred in the same capacity to Avoca, but resigned early in 1855, and engaged in farming, with little success. After a tune he rejoined the public service as warden of the goldfields and police magistrate, in which capacity be acted with ability at Avoca, Ararat, Daylesford, and Bendigo. At the last place, in consequence of failing health, he finally retired from the service in 1886, and soon after purchased the small estate of Woodlands at Greensborough, where he resided until his death.<ref>The Australasian, 03 January 1903.</ref

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Further Reading

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


  1. The Australasian, 03 January 1903.
  2. Report of the Board appointed to Enquire into Circumstances Connected with the Late Disturbance at Ballarat, John Ferres, Government Printer, Melbourne, 21 November 1854.

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