Richard Polkinghorne was born on 8 October 1826, at Sithney, Cornwall, England. He arrived in Australia via the United States of America. Polkinghorne married Elizabeth Pearce on 11 January 1868 at Dunedin, New Zealand.
Polkinghorne died on 12 April 1909 aged 77 at the Ballarat Mental Hospital and was buried at the Ballaarat New Cemetery on 13 April 1909.
Goldfields Involvement, 1854
Polkinghorne and his brothers, John Polkinghorne and James Polkinghorne, were in Ballarat at the time of the Eureka Stockade, but did not take place in the uprising. According to family oral tradition they hid in the bush, but the next day met soldiers searching for Peter Lalor.
In 1861 Richard went to New Zealand where he married. He returned to Australia in 1869, settling at Stawall. He returned to Ballarat East in the 1880s after a short time at St Arnaud.
Post 1854 Experiences
Corfield, J.,Wickham, D., & Gervasoni, C. The Eureka Encyclopaedia, Ballarat Heritage Services, 2004.