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At the moment all the MADE gift shop 'stuff' is half price – spread the news and grab a bargain. Visit the centre at the same time and show City of Ballarat that Eureka is important to our municipality.

Some interesting questions posed by Anne Beggs Sunter…/how-much-does-city-value-eu…/

MADE must be transformed into the Eureka Stockade Centre.

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David Miller updated his cover photo.

A lane in Richmond has been officially named as a nod to the Melbourne suburb’s historical connection to Ballarat’s famous Eureka Stockade leader.

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Eureka Flag, MADE future in the spotlight

The historic Eureka flag has been raised as one option to help revive the fortunes of Ballarat’s troubled democracy museum.

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Gold Museum - Sovereign Hill

On Sunday 3 December, 1854 government troops launched an attack on miners during the Eureka Stockade.
Our collection includes the painting 'Surviving the Goldfi...elds' by
Wada wurrung elder and artist Aunty Marlene Gilson whose work highlights the presence of the Wada wurrung people during the rebellion:

"While this bloody battle was fought, the Aboriginal people on the fringes looked after some of the miner's children and wives in their bush camps to keep them safe. Our stories are often absent from these histories. It is important to acknowledge this, and remember" (Aunty Marlene Gilson, 2014)

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Happy Eureka Day!

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The Victorian Historical Mine Shaft Chasers Inc

On this day December 3rd at the Eureka Stockade
The Eureka Stockade was caused by a disagreement over what gold miners felt were unfair laws and policing of work by government.

Miners were unable to claim the land on which they worked, and so risked being relocated at a moment's notice. They were also required by law to buy a licence and carry it with them at all times, or face a fine and arrest. The miners felt this was an unfair system and were prepared to fight for change.

Police invaded the mines to enforce the licensing laws, in late November 1854. The miners refused to cooperate, and burned their licences and stoned police. Several miners were seriously wounded.

On 30 November, 500 miners gathered under the Eureka flag and elected Peter Lalor as their leader. They swore to fight together against police and military. After the oath, they built a stockade at Eureka, and waited for the main attack.

On 3 December, there was an all-out clash between the miners and the police, supported by the military. The miners planned their defence and attack carefully, but they were no match for the well-armed force they faced. When the battle was over, 125 miners were taken prisoner and many were badly wounded. Six of the police and troopers were killed and there were at least 22 deaths among the diggers:

The most harrowing and heartrending scenes amongst the women and children I have witnessed through this dreadful morning. Many innocent persons have suffered, and many are prisoners who were there at the time of the skirmish but took no active part [...] At present every one is as if stunned, and but few are seen to be about. The flag of the diggings, "the Southern Cross," as well as the "Union Jack," which they had to hoist underneath, were captured by the foot police.

– The Argus, 19 December 1854

The rebellion at the Eureka Stockade took terrible casualties, but although the miners were defeated on the day, they were successful in bringing about the changes they sought.

Within months all the miners held for trial were acquitted, except one. A royal commission investigating the goldfields recommended that the licensing laws be replaced with a system whereby miners paid a tax on gold they found, instead of paying for the possibility of striking gold. Miners were also given the right to own the land on which they worked. MANY regard it as the day Australian democracy began.

Photo credit The advertiser.

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The Eureka Stockade defines Ballarat, but for many its legacy is divisive

One hundred and twenty-three years after the brief, bloody and brutal ten-minute melee, the argument over its significance is still raging.


The tiny piece of cloth has been confirmed as an authentic part of the famous flag of 1854.
Sun 4:00 AM UTC+11Eureka StockadeBallarat, VIC, Australia
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Free entry at MADE on Eureka Day! Lot's on during the day.

Discover unseen sketches and drawings from the time of Eureka, including the plan of attack and Bentley’s Hotel Learn the great speeches in Democracy Karaoke Watch Chips Rafferty’s 1949 film, Eureka Stockade from 3pm Get on your soapbox and have your say in the park Share lunch in the brand new ...

Each year the Anarchist Media Aliance organise a programme of events on Eureka Day. This year the events are as follows: -

(Dr Joe Toscano will be speaking on Ellen Jose at the dinner. A not to be missed event)

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JOIN US on Eureka Day - Sunday 3rd December - 4am - 10pm.

Since 2002 the Reclaim the Radical Spirit of the Eureka Rebellion Celebrations have organised these celebrations on Eureka Day - 3rd December, in Ballarat.

Please JOIN US for all or part of these celebrations.

• 4:00am Dawn Ceremony Eureka Park next to the Old Eureka Memorial
• 6:00am Breakfast Eureka Hall (bring your own food & drinks)
• 9:00am March from Eureka Park to Bakery Hill to Reaffirm Eureka Oath
• 9:30am-10:30am Presentation Eureka Australia Day Medals at Bakery Hill
• 11:00am Eureka Stump Orations outside Ballarat Town Hall
• 11:30am Walk to Old Ballarat Cemetery to Pay Our Respects to all those who died in The Eureka Battle (please bring flowers)
• 1:00pm Ballarat Trades Hall - 24 Camp St Light Lunch (bring own food, drinks at bar prices)
• 2:00pm Walk to Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka-M.A.D.E – Eureka Park
• 2:30pm View Eureka Flag at M.A.D.E
• 3:30pm Afternoon Tea – Eureka Park

• 7:00pm-10:00pm Eureka Annual Dinner – Queens Head Hotel, 146 Humffray St North Ballarat
• Order at bar, pay for your own food & drinks

• Guest Speaker: Dr. Joseph Toscano
• Topic: Ellen José 1951-2017
"Co-founder Reclaim the Radical Spirit of the Eureka Rebellion Celebrations – A LIFE WELL LIVED"

• Entertainment: West Papuan Community music & singing
• The Bard - Performing The Pikeman’s Dog & other original protest songs

BOOKINGS 0439 395 489 or

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Joseph Toscano

Annual Dinner Eureka Day - Sunday 3rd December - JOIN US for dinner, guest speaker and entertainment including The Bard's The Pikeman's Dog

Click to download details for the Annual Dinner

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162nd anniversary of the election of Humffray and Lalor to the Legislative Council for the Ballarat District after the massacre at Eureka the year before in Dec...ember 1854.

(From our Correspondent)
November 10.
Messrs Peter Lalor- and John Basson Humffray are the elected members for Ballarat. The nomination took place today, at noon, before the returning officer- J Bacchus Esq. in front of the local Court House. The above named gentlemen -having been proposed and seconded, and no other candidate being proposed, were declared duly elected as members of the Legislative Council for the district of Ballarat.

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Today is an important day in history for many reasons.

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We met today at St Paul's Bakery Hill. On the same day, place and time 163 years to the day that the Ballarat Reform League Charter was adopted, Saturday 11th ...November at 2pm. It is the foundation document of Australian Democracy. We thank St Paul's Father Lynton and Hedley Thompson , Doctor Joseph Toscano from Reclaim the Radical Spirit of the Eureka Rebellion and Eric Howard President of Eureka's Children. We also thank all who joined with us. We trust that every year more and more recognition of the significance of the charter will grow throughout Australia.

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