Sir Isaac Isaacs
1855 - Born in Melbourne
1856 - Arrived in Beechworth From Yackandandah
Dux of Beechworth Grammar School
1872 – 1873 - Pupil teacher at local Common School. Then assistant teacher at State School No 61 salary of 104 Pounds per year. Earned extra money marking exam papers.
1875 - (9th July) Summons Principal of school for 32/3/6 Pounds as fees due to him for teaching extra subjects, claim heard in Beechworth Court, thrown out for a badly planned & ill advised law suit. It upset Isaac.
He did realise that injustice was caused because his case has not been well prepared & presented. An early lesson never forgotten.
1875 - He read law in Melbourne University at night and worked during the day. In his early 40’s participated in The Conventions which led to the forming of The Federal Constitution
1930 - Made Chief Justice (Sir Isaac Isaacs)
1931- 1936 - Governor General (First Australian born citizen made Governor General.).
1948 - (11th February) Died aged 92 years.
One of the finest remaining gold-rush courthouses in Australia. Built in 1858, the courthouse served many judicial purposes until its closure in 1989. The courtroom was the scene of countless trials involving Ned Kelly, his mother Ellen, bushranger Harry Power and Elizabeth Scott. Click here for more info
Echoes of History Walking Tour
Join expert guides and discover the stories behind historic buildings, people and events that helped shape Beechworth. Click here for more info
Robert O'Hara Burke Museum
The Robert O’Hara Burke Memorial Museum is one of the finest regional museums in Victoria. The museum’s collection reflects the importance of Beechworth as a booming gold-mining town, with displays of life on the goldfields, geology, natural history, the Chinese community in Beechworth, South East Australian Aboriginal artifacts, Ned Kelly and of course, Robert O’Hara Burke. Click here for more info
and many more... come see us at the Beechworth Visitor Information Centre and begin your journey through history.