Eureka veteran dead: Father of “Colonel” Lynch [22 March 1906]

[Editor: This article about John Lynch was published in The Argus, 22 March 1906.]

Eureka veteran dead.

Father of “Colonel” Lynch.

Smythesdale, Wednesday. — Deep regret was felt here when it became known that Mr. John Lynch, mining surveyor for the Smythesdale district, had died. The deceased, who had been in failing health for the last four or five years, became unconscious on Monday last, and remained so until his death on Wednesday.

Mr. Lynch, who was 80 years of age, was born in County Clare, Ireland, and left for the Victorian goldfields in the early fifties. He followed mining pursuits, and was ultimately elected by the diggers as surveyor for Warren’s Lead, the appointment being afterwards confirmed by the Government. He was also one of those who took an active part in the historic Eureka riot, being one of Peter Lalor’s lieutenants.

Years ago he was prominent in all local movements, and was elected a councillor of the borough of Smythesdale in 1861. A few years afterwards, he was one of those who formed the borough of Browns and Scarsdale.

Mr Lynch was married in Ballarat in 1857, his wife having pre-deceased him by a few years. The surviving family consists of Captain J. Lynch, Mr. Maurice Lynch, M.B., Mr. Peter Lynch, L.R.C.S., Mr. Arthur Lynch, M.A., ex-member for Galway in the British House of Commons, and best known as “Colonel” Lynch during the South African war; Mr. Thomas Lynch, a surveyor in West Australia; and one daughter, Miss B. Lunch. The funeral, which is of a private character, is to take place to-morrow (Thursday).

The Argus (Melbourne, Vic.), 22 March 1906, page 5

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