Isaac A. Twaits

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



Isaac Atkinson Twaites was born in 1822 at King Lyan, Norfolk, England. Like his father Isaac Twaits was a sailor. It is thought he jumped ship in Melbourne in October 1850, from the Man 'O' War. He married Barbara Davidson (B. Inverness, Scotland) who travelled to Australia on the Helen in 1852.

Isaac Twaites was presented with a medal from the Ballarat Old Colonists' Association marking his arrival date at Ballarat in September 1851.

Isaac Twaits is buried at the Ballaarat New Cemetery on 16 March 1889. Barbara Twaites was buried at the Ballaarat Old Cemetery of 21 July 1917.


Isaac Twaits was presented with a medal from the Ballarat Old Colonists' Association marking his arrival date at Ballarat in September 1851. The medal is held by the Gold Museum.


James Twaits (b. 1791) married Hannah Atkinson (b. 1793) Children 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Isaac Arthur Twaits (b. 1822, King Lyon, Norfolk) married Barbara Davidson at Geelong.

a. born Geelong
b. born Geelong
c. Hannah Twaites (b. c1854, Ballarat. d. 14 July 1931)
d. born Ballarat
e. born Ballarat


Isaac Twaits
An old colonist named Twaits, 66 years of age, who had been 40 years in the colony, died yesterday at the Hospital from breaking up of the system. For some years past the deceased had been of dissolute habits, and for this reason he was hung apart from his wife. The latter and two of her sons have for some time past been supporting him. It is expected that the Old Colonists' Association will turn out to day to the funeral.[1]

Mrs. Barbara Twaits
The death occurred at her residence Ballarat, on Friday last, of Mrs. Twaits, mother of Mr. Twaits, postmaster at Benalla. In referring to the matter, the Ballarat 'Courier' says: — 'Another of the early pioneers has passed away, viz., Mrs. Barbara Twaits, of Dana street West. The deceased. who was a native of Inverness, Scotland, was a colonist of 65 years and a resident of Ballarat for 63 years, She had been an invalid for over twelve years, and had reached the advanced age of 93 years. She possessed a fund of reminiscenses of the stirring incidents of early Ballarat, and her kind and charitable disposition won for her the esteem of all classes. She leaves a family of five sons and one daughter to mourn their loss. The funeral took place on Saturday, and the large attendance of friends from distant parts of the district testified to the respect and esteem in which the deceased lady and her family were held. The remains were interred In the family grave in the Old Cemetery. The coffin-bearers were Messrs. J. B. Suffren, H. Bradbury and Eric Twaits and Charles Twaits (grandsons of the deceased). The pall-bearers were Messrs. G. and H. Tonner, W. Elsworth, ,J. P. Burke and C. Hager (members of the Ballarat Rowing Club), W. Perkins, A. Featherstone, P. Howe. J. Moore, C. Saunders, J. Wilson, D. Malpass, J. P. Kerr, E. Gullock, J. Colley, A. Mainard, J. Anderson, A. Reynolds, H. Fern, J. Moran, Sen. Constable Paige, J. Osborne, T. Moran and J. Wilson. The Rev. J. O. Farquhar officiated at the house and grave."[2]

See also

Old Colonists' Association



  1. Ballarat Star, 16 March 1889.
  2. Benalla Standard, 27 July 1917.

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--Clare K.Gervasoni 23:06, 6 June 2017 (AEST); --Clare K.Gervasoni 16:46, 12 October 2017 (AEDT)

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