Elizabeth Doyle

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Samuel Thomas Gill, Diggers Hut, Forest Creek, c1852, watercolour and gum arabic on paper.
Art Gallery of Ballarat, gift of Mr. Tony Hamilton and Miss. S.E. Hamilton, 1967.


Goldfields Involvement, 1854

Elizabeth Doyle was the wife of James Doyle, brickmaker, of Richmond and Toorak in the early 1840s. A daughter, Elizabeth was born in 1843 on the slopes of Eastern Hill, not far from where Parliament House now stands.

In 1854 James became involved in the Eureka uprising. Doyle with his mate John Stanley escaped capture and injury. After Eureka they decided to leave for Melbourne taking days to make the journey. They divided the gold they had found and went off in different directions. Doyle purchased horses and took his family to Forest Creek.

Elizabeth, the daughter of Elizabeth and James Doyle, married James Hoy and had eleven children: Elizabeth Emma b. 1860 St Kilda; John James b. 1864; Alfred Thomas b. 1868 (died 1951 in Bendigo); William Henry b. 1870 (died 1954); George Sydney b. 1872; David Leslie b. 1873 (died in infancy); Charles Lesley b. 1874 Bendigo (died 1875); William b. 1876; Edwin Arthur b. 1878 (died 1951 at West Footscray); Francis Rupert b. 1881; and Emily Violet b. 1883 (died 1975). The Hoy family lived at White Hills, Epsom and Ironstone Hill near Bendigo.

On her death in 1929 the Bendigo Advertiser reported that her father became involved in the diggers’ rising at Ballarat in 1854 and at the fall of the Eureka Stockade came to Forest Creek accompanied by his family. [1]

Post 1854 Experiences

See also

Further Reading

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


  1. Dorothy Wickham, Women of the Diggings: Ballarat 1854, Ballarat Heritage Services, 2009

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