Eyre, Edward John (b. 1815), was born in Yorkshire. Emigrating young to Australia, he became a squatter and magistrate, and in 1841 headed an exploration of Central and Southern Australia. He was afterwards Governor of New Zealand, and was appointed Governor of Jamaica in 1862, and in 1865 he was attacked, recalled, and prosecuted, John Stuart Mill joining in the action. His opponents could not make out their case, and he was paid the costs of his defence, but he was not further employed by the country.