Double barrel pistol

This pistol was used by Peter Lalor, one of the Eureka rebels.  For its time, it was an old-fashioned weapon, which had to be loaded down the barrel with loose gunpowder and a round bullet.  Once fired, it would take some time to reload.  Lalor was wounded in the fighting, and lost an arm.  But he went on to be a prominent man in the colony, and was elected to Parliament.


Realia, c1840.


Accession number: H36528



From the State Library of Victoria's Pictures Collection.


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