Charles Dyte

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Born in 1818 in London, Charles Dyte was a Jewish businessman. [1] Charles and Eve Dyte arrived in Melbourne in 1853 on the Vernon, and became a broker at the Ballarat Mining Exchange, as well as its Chairman. [2]

Dyte as Chairman of the first Ballarat East Council. [3] He was also a Director of the Ballarat Gas Company and a member of the Ballaarat Mechanics' Institute. [4]

Charles Dyte died in 1893 and is buried at the Ballaarat Old Cemetery.


Dyte distinguished himself in 1800 for preventing the assassination of King George III. [5]

He was elected to the Legislative Assembly for Ballarat East in 1864, loosing his seat in January 1871. [6]


Mr Charles Dyte, mining investor, and one of tho oldest and heat known pioneers and public men of Ballarat, died to-night from cancer of the liver, after a four months' illness. The deceased, who had suffered great agony during the past few weeks, passed peacefully away, perfectly conscious to the last and quite resigned. Mr Dyte, who was 75 years of age, was a native of London. In early life he followed commercial pursuits, serving his apprenticeship in the London warehouse of Messrs E. Moses and Co. Arriving in the colony in the ship Vernon in August, 1853, the deceased gentleman proceeded to Maryborough, where he accepted a responsible position in the then flourishing establishment of Messrs. Moses, Levy and Co. Coming to Ballarat in 1854, when the agitation in respect to the diggers' licences was reaching its serious stage, Mr. Dyte joined in the movements initiated for the redress of the grievances under which the gold seekers suffered, and it was at a meeting of diggers held near Bakery Hill that he made his first appearance as a public speaker. Shortly aftor the encounter at the Eureka Stockade the deceased became closely associated with movements of a political and municipal character and later on he commenced business as an auctioneer in Main-road, meeting with remarkable success. For a number of years Mr. Dyte was one of the representatives of Ballarat East in the Legislative Assembly, his colleagues during his sessions including Messrs J. B. Humffray and O. E. Jones. He strongly advocated payment of members, but when the measure became law he lost his seat for Ballarat East. The deceased was one of the first Chairmen of the local borough council, and for a long while was a leading magistrate in the district. He was one of the founders of the Orphan Asylum, and took a prominent part in the organisation of the Ballarat Fire Brigade of which he was captain and secretary. With both of these institutions he was connected up to the time of his death. His enterprise as a citizen also materially assisted in the formation of the Bailarat Water Trust, which has since developed into a scheme of considerable magnitude. In Masonic affairs Mr. Dyte was ever fore most, and as a worshipful master he laid the foundation stone of the Ballarat East Town Hall. He for some years past had been a leading spirit in the Old Colonists' Association of Ballarat, of which he was a vice-president. The deceased was also a zealous member of the local Hebrew Congregation, filling th presidential chair for Several years. He was a hearty supporter of the mining industry, in which he experienced numerous up's and downs. Had he a few years ago parted with his interests in a few local stocks he could have realised a large fortune. For a lengthy period he was a heavy shareholder in the famous Kohinoor mine, but forfeited his shares just as golden stone had been struck, and the stock became very valuable. Mr. Dyte, who was a fluent speaker and a keen debater, made his final effort to re-enter Parliament when, as Minister of Mines, Mr. John James sought re-election in Ballarat East. He was unsuccessful, however, Mr. E. Murphy, now representing Warrenheip, winning the sent from Mr. James. During his career on these goldfields, Mr. Dyte was made the recipient of numerous testimonials from various public bodies, the most valuable, perhaps, Coming from the Ballarat Fire Brigade. Mr. Dyte, who during recent years followed the business of a stock and share broker, was of a kind and charitable disposition, and was held in high esteem by all classes. His familiar form will be greatly missed from the Ballarat Stock Exchange buildings, in which he was in daily attendance. Mr. Dyte leaves a widow and three in family. The station master at Essendon, Mr. David Dyte, is a son of the deceased gentleman.[7]

See also

Old Colonists' Association



  1. Corfield, Wickham and Gervasoni, The Eureka Encyclopedia, Ballarat, 2004, p168.
  2. Corfield, Wickham and Gervasoni, The Eureka Encyclopedia, Ballarat, 2004, p169.
  3. Corfield, Wickham and Gervasoni, The Eureka Encyclopedia, Ballarat, 2004, p169.
  4. Corfield, Wickham and Gervasoni, The Eureka Encyclopedia, Ballarat, 2004, p169.
  5. Corfield, Wickham and Gervasoni, The Eureka Encyclopedia, Ballarat, 2004, p169.
  6. Corfield, Wickham and Gervasoni, The Eureka Encyclopedia, Ballarat, 2004, p169.
  7. Melbourne Leader, 30 December 1893.

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--C.K.Gervasoni 12:12, 17 September 2012 (EST)

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