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Martin Byron

Birthdate: (74)
Birthplace: Mayo, Ireland
Death: June 12, 1907 (57-78)
Chiltern, Bogong, Victoria, Australia (Burnt)
Place of Burial: Chiltern, Bogong, Victoria, Australia
Immediate Family:

Son of Anthony Byron and Ellen Byron
Ex-husband of Ellen Byron
Father of James Martin Byron; Thomas Anthony Byron; Eleanor (Lena) Jane Kee; Mary Anne Moreton Finnigan; Alice Susannah Byron and 5 others

Occupation: Labourer
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About Martin Byron

'Lordy Byron' was the name of a man who was married to Ellen Byron, nee Salisbury - . This could have been the beginings of Lord Byrons (Inn)-from kellygang, (see Ellen for more)

An arson case at Chiltern has caused a good deal of excitement in that neighbourhood. On Tuesday last a man of the name of Shelley, a well-to-do farmer, of Indigo, was charged at the Chiltern Police Court with setting fire to a dwellinghouse and haystack belonging to one Martin Bryon. According to the evidence as reported by the Federal Standard, two boys named Garlic and Jessop were fishing in the vicinity of the property destroyed, and during the evening saw the accused James Shelley go into the house, and from thence to the haystack. GarliCk sayS, " I know Shelley, the accused. Saw him go into the house and then go to the haystack. The haystack was not 10 yards from the house. When he came away the haystack was all ablaze. Have no doubt of the identity of the accused. It was not possible that I could be mistake in the man." Arthur Jessop, says the Standard, gave corroborative evidence. Martin Bryon, who owned the property destroyed said that Shelley and the (witness) were on bad terms, and Shelley had threatened to tak his life. The magistrates dismissed the case on the ground that the evidence was unsatisfactory, but the Ovens and Murray Adver tiser, in commenting upon the decision, says " We think the remarks made by the Bench to the evidence being worthless for purposes of conviction wholly uncalled for. It is true there were a few trifling discrepancis in the boys' evidence, especially in that part relating to the chiffonnière, but it was, in the main, straightforward and apparently truthful, and it would have been better if a remand had been granted. The evidence of the boys directly tended to criminate Shelley unless it was a case of mistaken identity and it is hardly credible, as some persons have insinuated, that they were put for wari? and schooled to swear on oath what they did. To the statement made that the railway gatekeeper did not see Shelley cross the line we attach no importance, as many persons daily may cross a railway line without being noticed by the man in charge of the gate. We believe that Inspector Brooke Smith does not intend to let the matter drop, but has recommended that a coronial inquiry be held to inquire into the cause of the fire."

THE ARGUS (Melbourne) 28/3/1876

An inquiry into the cauae of the fire which destroyed the promises of Martin Byron, a farmer, residing at Black Dog Creek, was commenced on Monday, the 3rd inst, at Chiltern, before the district coroner. On the 21st inst., a man named James Shelley, a well-to-do farmer at Indigo, was charged at the Chiltern Police Court with having wilfully caused the fire, but he waa discharged, the Bench remarking that the evidence was unsatisfactory. The property destroyed was valued at £200. At the inquest a boy named Arthur Jessop, who had gone to the creek to fish on the 17th ult, repeated the evidence he had previously given at the Police Court He stated that while he was fishing near Byron's house, he saw a man ride up to the fence, get off his horse, and pick up some grass. He then went into the house by the back door, struck a match, which he laid with the grass on the chiffonnier. The man then went to a haystack, set that on fire, and then rode off. He did not know the man's name at the time, but he now knew it to be James Shelley. Other evidence was given to show that Jessop and his companions reported the occurrence shortly after it took place, and then told substantially the same story. - The inquiry was adjourned until the 19th inst, as a boy named Garlick, who was fishing with Jessop, was ill with scarlet fever,

THE ARGUS (Melbourne) 6/4/1876

To-morrow the case against James Shelley, a Well-to-do farmer, who is charged with arson at Chiltern, will be taken. It excites great interest. The prosecutor, Martin Byron, is now in the lock-up apparently drunk. The doctor says he is poisoned, and is doubtful if he will be able

to appear.

THE ARGUS (Melbourne) 11/10/1876



The Assize Court was occupied all day with the case of James Shelley, a well-to-do farmer ol Chiltern, who was charged with setting fire to the house of Martin Byron, on the 17th March last. Mr. Purves defended the prisoner. On the day in question, races were held at Chiltern ; the prosecutor and prisoner were both there, and ill-feeling existed be- tween the two. The principle testimony was that of two boys, Jessop and Garlick, who swore to seeing a man ride up to Byron's hut and set it on fire. The wholo question was one of identification, and there were some small discrepancies in the boys' evidence on tbis point. A number of witnesses were called. Great interest was taken in the case. The jury was locked up. A civil case is now proceeding,

THE ARGUS (Melbourne) - 12/10/1876



Melbourne, June 14.

This morning an old resident, Martin Byroni better known as "Lord Byron," was burnt to death in his hut, where he

resided by himself, at Upper - Black Dog Creek, near Lancashire Gap. A farmer in the neighborhood noticed the hut burnt down, and found the remains burnt to such in extent that he removed them to the police-station in a milk dish. Byron had resided here for upwards of 50 years, and Formerly filled the office of herdsman and inspector of nuisances.

THE ADVERTISER (Adelaide) 15/6/1907


CHILTERN, Friday - Mr. Martin Byron, wh resided at Chiltern Valley for 50 years was burnt to death in his hut at Upper Black Dog Creek, five miles distant, between Tuesday last and to-day. The fact was discovered to-day by Mr. R. Hollis, a neighbour, who called casually to see him. Mr. Byron, who was 75 years old, was married but for years had led an isolated life. He had been for years an inspector of nuisances and dog officer to the shire. Latterly he lived in a small stringy-bark hut, depending on charity. An inquest will be held to-morrow. Deceased had over £100 in his credit in the Bank of New South Wales and the Savings Bank.

THE ARGUS (Melbourne)- 15/6/1907

Death Certificate shows "Martin Byron. Age 74 years Occupation: Labourer. Burnt to death as a result of an accident, ? at inquest held by Charles Martin JP Coroner, on 15th June 1907. Father: Anthony Byron Occupation: Unknown. Mother: Ellen Byron MN Norton. Buried 15th June 1907 Chiltern New Cemetry. Born: County Mayo, Ireland. About 47 years in Victoria. Married Chiltern 30 years Ellen Salisbury. Siblings: Not any.

Marraige certificate shows 30 at the time of marriage in 1876. (eg born 1846)

John's birth certificate shows Martin as 44 in 1890 (eg born 1846) That is a 13 year age difference. As he was not present to account for his age on his death certificate, I've taken his birth year to be 1846.

The Chiltern Atheneum List of People show a "James Martin" who was born in 1833. They also show a "John" born 1832. John and our Martin are not siblings..

Eleanor was married just 13 days after Martins death. she states that Martin was an "Inspector" on her marriage certificate.

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Martin Byron's Timeline

Mayo, Ireland
Age 43
Chiltern, Victoria, Australia


Age 43