Michael O'Brien

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J. B. Henderson, 'Eureka Stockade Riot, Ballarat, 1854'. Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales (SSV2B/Ball/7)


Born Co. Wicklow, Ireland

Goldfields Involvement, 1854

Michael O'Brien was a trooper who was involved with the storming of the Eureka Stockade, at which time he was shot in the leg.

Post 1854 Experiences

Michael O’Brien, aged 67, an old Hamilton Resident died 26 January 1901. Born Co. Wicklow, Ireland, he arrived in 1852 Victoria, helped suppress the Eureka uprising, and left a widow, three sons and five daughters.[1]


At Hamilton on Saturday there died Mr. Michael O'Brien, 67 years of age, an old identity and a colonist since 1852, and who was in 1854 engaged with the military in suppressing the E.ureka riots at Ballarat. [2]


Private C.N. O'Brien, of Hamilton, who was wounded in the fighting at the Dardanelles is the youngest son of Mrs. Drummond and the late Mr. Michael O'Brien. He comes of a fighting stock. His father was a soldier in the old Black Watch regiment, and came out from England in 1852 with the Dublin volunteers. He was orderly to the first Governor of Victoria, Sir Charles Hotham. He was also with the police at the Eureka Stockade in Ballarat, in which he was shot in the leg. His mother's grandfather was a soldier in the Indian mutiny, and went home to England when that war was over. He lost his life in saving a little child from being killed. Private O'Brien's brother went through the Boer War, and volunteered for the present, but was rejected owing to defective teeth.[3]

See also



Further Reading

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


  1. Hamilton Spectator, 31 January 1901.
  2. Horsham Times, 8 February 1901.
  3. Hamilton Spectator, 20 August 1915.

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