Break o’ Day Boyles


In September 1852 John Boyle left Glasgow traveling to Liverpool to make the long sea voyage to the, then, British colony of Victoria to join the Gold Rush in the Central Victorian highlands.

In February of 1853 his pregnant wife, Agnes, followed him in order for them to begin a new life together in Victoria. By this time John and Agnes had been married for eight years. Agnes had given birth to three children in Glasgow, none of whom had survived. They left Scotland to make a new life, hopefully better than the one they had tried to eke out in the Glasgow slums on the south side of the      River Clyde.

John and Agnes were to have a further ten children in Victoria, only six of whom survived.   Between their arrival in 1853 and John’s death in 1903 the family lived in many locations in the area bounded by the towns of Buninyong, Scarsdale and Rokewood on the western edge of the Central Victorians highlands where these meet the Western District. They moved numerous times during these years, mostly working as storekeepers, following  the rushes to wherever it was the latest gold had been found.

Corindhap was the town in which they spent most of their time and to which the family returned numerous times after chasing their fortune at various diggings. The first gold rush to the place which later became the town of Corindhap was called the Break o’ Day rush.

The Break o’ Day Boyles web site endeavours to tell their untold story and the stories of their children and descendants.


Welcome to the Break o’ Day Boyles site

A website dedicated to

John and Agnes Boyle and their descendants