Henry Hannington

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Ballarat Gold Pioneers Prior to the Issue of the Gold License, 1851



Henry Hannington was the son of Henry Hannington (Snr) and Ellen O'Neil. He was born at County Tyrone, Northern Ireland on 17 March 1819. He was married to Jane Crabb.[1]

Hannington died at Ballarat on 01 January 1893 at Ballarat, aged 73, and was buried at the Ballaarat New Cemetery on 03 January.[2]

SIR,—With your permission I will say a little about Pastor Allen, and the first sermon on Golden Point in August, 1851 I was about one of the earliest diggers in August, being about four claims north of Cavanagh's, and close to the quarry of quartz on the line with the Point. I was also on flat, next to Mr Ocock, a lawyer from Geelong. I had a piece of ground next one Mr James Pew, which took about three months to work out. During that time I heard Pastor Allen several times on the flat, and there was not another preacher at the time. I remember the snowstorm in September. I was washing at the creek at the time. Yours, &c.
24 Crompton St. Henry Hannington[3]


Henry Hannington was one of the founders of the Ballarat Old Colonists' Association.[4]


DEATHS HANNINGTON. —On the 23rd January, 1887, at 24 Crompton street, Soldiers Hill, Jane, the beloved wife of Henry Hannington. Rest in peace.[5]

Henry Hannington married Jane Crabb. Their children are:

1. Ellen (b. 1860, Amherst)

2. William (b. 1861, Ballarat)[6]

3. Mary (b. 1865, Ballarat)[7]

4. Elizabeth (b. 1867, Ballarat)[8]

5. Ann (b. 1868, Ballarat)[9]

6. Jane (b. 1868, Ballarat)[10]

7. David. (b. 1871, Bungaree)[11]


The Friends of the late Mr HENRY HANNINGTON are respectfully invited to follow his remains to their last resting-place, Ballarat New Cemetery. The funeral will leave his residence, Crompton street, Soldiers Hill, This Day (Tuesday), at 4 p.m.[12]

The death occurred yesterday of Mr Henry Hannington, one of the very oldest pioneers of the district, at his residence at the corner of Crompton and Gregory streets. The deceased was a native of Derry, Ireland, and had been on what is now Ballarat in 1844. At that time he was driving a team of bullocks for Mr Duncan Cameron, of Pasive Vale, from his station. Mr Hannington finished his duty, and delivered the cattle, and visited the Ballarat district in 1845. He was sub sequently with Mr Edward Parker, the protector of the blacks at Jim Crow Creek (Daylesford). For many years deceased has been a resident of Ballarat, and he had reached the ripe age of 73 when his death occurred as stated. The flag at the Old Colonists’ Hall was yesterday flying half mast. The remains of the late Mr William M'Hutchison were interred in the Ballarat New Cemetery on Sunday afternoon, when the respect in which deceased was held was manifested by the large number who joined in the funeral procession. The service at the house was conducted by Mr Charles Morris, of Bridge street, while the burial service was read by a member of the Disciples of Christ. The mortuary arrangements were carried out by Mr C. Morris.[13]

Funeral Notices DUNN.— The Friends of Mrs JOHN DUNN are respectfully invited to follow the remains of her late dearly beloved husband to the place of inter-ment, the Ballarat Old Cemetery. The funeral cor-tege will move from her residence, Yarrowee street, Mount Pleasant (near Serjeant's brick yards), This Day (Tuesday), the 3rd January, 1893, at half-past 3 o’clock precisely. [14]

Mr. Henry Hannington, a Ballarat pioneer, who was a police trooper during the diggings days, died at Ballarat on New Year's Day, aged 73 years. [15]
HENRY HANNINGTON. On New Years Day died Henry Hannington, and had he lived till next St. Patrick’s day he would have completed his seventy-fourth year. The deceased was a widower, and left a grown-up family, A native of County Tyrone, Ireland, the deceased seems to have come of a study stock of tradesfolk, for he told me one day that his grandfather died 120 years old, whilst on a voyage to France.
Hannington filled no large space in our history, but as an honest old pioneer, who had seen life in Victoria before the gold discovery. I take leave to mention a few particulars of his life. His father was a clothier in Ireland, and deceased used to visit Scotland and other parts of the kingdom in connection with the business. He emigrated in 1842, and became a shepherd on the Henty’s run in the Portland district at a place “Murdering Plains” because of the tragic troubles with the Aborigines in those days. He had several brushes there with the blacks, and subsequently became a Government trooper, and had to do duty over a wide are in the Gunbower country, on the Murray. When the gold discovery was made Hannington caught the gold-hunting fever, and followed several of the early rushes, including that to this goldfield, over whose hills and dales he had driven many a team of bullocks in the pre-auriferous days. How he fared at the Ballarat rush may be seen by reference to the second edition of the “History of Ballarat” Hannington made no big hauls of success, was in no sense a public man, but was a quiet intelligent old pioneer who had roughed it over many a field and in many capacities, managing to keep his head above water and bring up a family respectably and comfortably. He settled finally in this city, over whose site he had often passed when the Aborigines were in possession, and he took part in the founding of the Old Pioneers’ Association, now known as the Old Colonists’ Association, and the flag of the association is flying at half mast as I write, in token of the decease of this one of the founders. His remains will be interred in the New Cemetery to-day, and I have no doubt that the Old Colonists’ Association will be duly represented on the occasion”.[16]

See also

Old Colonists' Association



  1. Research by descendant Demi Schaper, 20 May 2022.
  2. Ballarat Star, 3 January 1893.
  3. Ballarat Courier, 22 May 1884
  4. Ballarat Star, 24 January 1887.
  5. Ballarat Star, 24 January 1887.
  6. Victorian Birth Records No 13332/1861
  7. Victorian Birth Records No 5081855/1861
  8. Victorian Birth Records No 4621867/1861
  9. Victorian Birth Records No 14125/1861
  10. Victorian Birth Records No 1241865/1861
  11. Victorian Birth Records No 145591871/1861
  12. Ballarat Star, 3 January 1893.
  13. Ballarat Star, 3 January 1893.
  14. Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), Tuesday 3 January 1893, page 3.
  15. Broken Hill Barrier Miner, 5 January 1893.
  16. William B. Withers, History of Ballarat.

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--Clare K.Gervasoni 22:17, 6 June 2017 (AEST)

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