Dear Ian James Beattie is my great great grandfather.His involvement in the Eureka Stockade was not known by my family until 2005.
Since then I have obtained official evidence including that relating to his nationality (English, not Irish - born and lived at Brigham, Cumberland, UK), located the Coroner's inquest into his death that occurred at Nagambie,his unmarked grave at Nagambie, Victoria and erected a headstone, details of his ownership of land at Euroa, and living in the Murchison/Pranjip area for many years.
The Euroa Advertiser (12 April 1892) reports a 'mishap' relating to James when a horse bolted on 31st March 1892.This 'mishap' and'living in the Murchison area', was the only information that my mother had of her grandfather.My mother believed James died in this incident however this is not accurate as the death record and inquest details show that James died in 1901.
James married late in life and had 7 sons (6 survived).Mary, his wife (my great great grandmother) remarried and moved away from Murchison.As with the times, James' story was not passed down to my immediate family. My mother learnt of her grandfather James in 2005 and was 'shocked' at his involvement with the Eureka Stockade.
I supplied some evidence to the Genealogy Society at Ballarat in 2005 and 2006 so that records are accurate/enhanced.Should you wish to follow up on any aspect I have noted, I would be pleased for your reply.