Hugo Louis Beyers

Ludwig Hugo (Louis) Beyers was a German-Australian gold miner and politician.[3]

Hugo Louis Beyers
Ludwig Hugo Beyers

(1845-01-01)1 January 1845[1]
Died28 May 1910(1910-05-28) (aged 65)[1]
Occupationgold miner and politician
Spouse(s)Mary Emmett (1850–1883)[2]
  • Sylvia Helena Beatrice Beyers (1868–1919)
  • Gertrude Harriet Adeline Beyers (1870–1966)
  • Oswald Arthur Bernard Beyers (1873–1943)
  • Letita Mary Aurora Beyers (1874–1883)
  • Clara Victoria Matilda Beyers (1877–1949)
  • Theodore Greville Mcculloch Beyers (1878–1940)
  • Bellvinah Clorinda Lou Beyers (1881–1914)
RelativesBernhardt Holtermann (husband of sister-in-law) and business partner
Bernard Holtermann and the gold specimen "Holtermann Nugget" discovered at Star of Hope Mine in 1872. Colorized version.


After his parents died in West Prussia from plague, he immigrated at age 13 to America, arriving in New York City. Not permitted to proceed to the California goldfields because of his youth, he then journeyed to Australia, arriving in 1856.[3][4]

He married Mary Emmett (daughter of Edward Emmett) on 22 February 1868 at White Rock, near Bathurst, New South Wales, Australia in a double wedding. Mary's sister Harriet married his friend and mining partner Bernhardt Holtermann.


On arrival in Sydney, he worked as a draper's assistant, and in 1856 moved to Hill End to mine gold. He also prospected at Rockhampton, the Snowy River, Lucknow and in New Zealand. He set up a partnership with Bernard Holtermann at Hill End and in 1870 – 1871, they struck a rich vein of gold and in 1872, they floated the Star of Hope Gold Mining Company which found the largest specimen of reef gold (Holtermann's nugget).[1][5]

He was an alderman at Hill End from 1875, and its mayor from 1876 until 1877 and again from 1885. He was elected to the New South Wales Legislative Assembly on 12 November 1877, retiring on 23 November 1882. He was the member for Goldfields from 12 November 1877 to 9 November 1880 and Mudgee from 1 December 1880 to 23 November 1882.[1] He was a patron of the local hospital at Hill End and a member of many friendly societies.[1]

A friend, to whom he had entrusted the management of his estate, enriched himself and left Beyers bankrupted in 1894.[4] He moved to Mount Higgins, Western Australia, where he successfully resumed mining.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Mr Hugo Louis Beyers (1845-1910)". Former Members of the Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 1 May 2019.
  2. ^ "Family Notices". The Sydney Morning Herald. 2 April 1883. p. 1. Retrieved 14 April 2013 – via Trove.
  3. ^ a b "PERSONAL". The Barrier Miner. Broken Hill, NSW. 24 June 1910. p. 4. Retrieved 14 April 2013 – via Trove.
  4. ^ a b "Mining vicissitudes". Kalgoorlie Miner. WA. 10 June 1910. p. 8. Retrieved 15 April 2013 – via Trove.
  5. ^ "Mining vicissitudes". Kalgoorlie Miner. WA. 17 June 1910. p. 3. Retrieved 15 April 2013 – via Trove.

Further readingEdit

  • Purcell, Lorraine; Hill End & Tambaroora Gathering Group (2010), The miners' friend : a brief account of the life of Ludwig Hugo (Louis) Beyers in Hill End, New South Wales & the Eastern goldfields of Western Australia, Hill End & Tambaroora Gathering Group, ISBN 978-0-9806132-2-3


New South Wales Legislative Assembly
Preceded by Member for Goldfields West
District abolished
New district Member for Mudgee
With: Buchanan, Terry/Robertson
Succeeded by