Henry Westerby

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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.
Ballarat Reform League Deputation to Governor Charles Hotham from The Revolt at Eureka’ by R. Wenban. Schools Publishing House, 1959.
"Official form on blue paper - evidence - John Dougherty, constable, 27 October 1854, p.2, PROV, VPRS5527/P0 Unit 1, Item 90
The condition of the within written Recognizance is such, That Whereas Henry Westerby alias Yorky this day charged before me a Justice of the Peace within mentioned, for that he the said Henry Westerby alias Yorkie was the Seventeenth day of October 1854 at Ballarat in the Colony aforesaid, did with other persons riotously and tumultuously assemble, and did then and there, feloniously burn, pull down and destroy the dwelling of one James Bentley it therefore be the said John Dougherty shall appear at the Supreme Court of Criminal Sessions to be holden at Melbourne in and for the Colony of Victoria, on the fifteenth day of November A.D., 1854, and there give such evidence as he knoweth upon an information to be then and there preferred against the said Henry Westerby alias Yorkey for the offence aforesaid, as the Jurors who shall pass upon the trial of the said Henry Westerby alias Yorkey then the said Recognizance to be void or else stand in full force and virtue.
"Queen v Henry Westerby, 27 October 1854, p.2, PROV, VPRS5527/P0 Unit 1, Item 90

Queen v Henry Westerby alias Yorkey
Witnesses Edward Layton, Michael Murphy, Cornelius Sorrell, Robert Pulley – constable Gordon Evans – Insp Police John Dougherty – con: Maurice Frederick Ximenes – Sub-Insp


Henry Westerby was born in 1814 at Yorkshire, England. At the age of 40 he sailed to Australia on the Derry Castle, arriving in 1853.[1]

Goldfields Involvement, 1854

The men accused of destroying the Eureka Hotel, Henry Westerby, Thomas Fletcher and Andrew McIntyre, were convicted and sentenced to gaol on 20 November 1854. J.B. Humffray, Black and Kennedy, representing the Ballarat Reform League demanded the release of these prisoners on 27 November. It was a fatal mistake, as the use of the word “demand” strengthened Governor Charles Hotham’s resolve for control.[2]

Names of persons arrested in connection of having been connected in the riot at Eureka (being the burning I'd Bentley's Hotel).
Date of Arrest Name How disposed of
Oct 21, Andrew McIntyre , Committed for trial Geelong 26 Nov.
Oct 21, Thomas Fletcher, Committed for trial Geelong, 26 Nov.
Oct 26, Henry Westerby, Committed for trial Melbourne, 15th Nov.
Oct 26, Manestra Flatow, discharged
Oct 26, Samuel Butler, discharged
Oct 26, Albert Hurd, Committed for trial Melbourne 15th Nov. On bail
Oct 27, John Balderston, discharged
Oct 27, George McIntosh, discharged
Oct 27, Charles Stewart, discharged
Oct 27, John van Der Byl, discharged[3]

Post 1854 Experiences


Sometimes John Westoby is incorrectly confused with Henry Westerby.

See also

Richard Ireland

Evelyn Sturt

John Westoby

Further Reading

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


  1. Research by Gabrielle Thomson, 2018.
  2. Wickham, D., Gervasoni, C. & Phillipson, W., Eureka Research Directory, Ballarat Heritage Services, 1999.
  3. PROV, VPRS 1189, Unit 153, File J54 12-469.

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