#OnThisDay 27 September 1851 the last known official duel in NSW was fought between Sir Thomas Mitchell and Sir Stuart Alexander Donaldson. Mitchell was the Surveyor General and a well-known explorer of NSW and Victoria. Donaldson was a well-known settler of the New England region and was later elected to the Legislative Council and became Premier of NSW in 1856.
It was while campaigning for re-election that Donaldson and Mitchell exchanged words and Mitchell demanded a duel. Both men fired three shots each, with Mitchell's last shot reportedly blowing off Donaldson's hat. There are numerous references to both men in the Colonial Secretary's Papers.
- Read the Sydney Morning Herald article on Trove (dated 30 Septeber 1851)
- See more about the Surveyor General (Agency 1773) in the catalogue
- See more about the Donaldson Ministry (Ministry 1) in the catalogue
- Australian Dictionary of Biography entries for Sir Thomas Mitchell and Sir Stuart Alexander Donaldson