Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Eureka Diggers Memorial


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Hi V ... In Ballarat we discovered the Eureka Diggers Memorial.  The inscription reads "Sacred in the Memory.  Those who fell on the memorable 3 of Dec 1854 in resisting the unconstitutinal proceedings of the Victorian Government".  The Eureka Stockade was an organised rebellion by gold miners which occurred in Ballarat.  Over thirty people died. It occurred when miners objected to the expense of Miners Licence, taxation and the actions of the government and its agents. It culminated in an organised battle at the stockades against colonial forces.  J.  Linking to Taphopile Tragics.

14 comments:

  1. This week on the ABC there is the trial of these guys reenacted in "The Jury" , I think it is Thursday night.

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  2. Sorry Joe, I gave you a bum steer. The show is called "Australia on Trial" and it is on Wednesday night.

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  3. Certainly a prominent event in Victorian history! I am amazed that a Geelong sculptor should donate this work to Ballarat!

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  4. Fantastic pictures and something for me to look into further. Thanks for sharing.

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  5. Nice tribute Joe, didn't realize they had taxation problems way back then!!

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  6. It must have been quite a turbulent time back then. not many protests end in deaths nowadays.

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  7. I think I can read that this was erected in 1856, just two years later. That is fast acting.

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  8. I remember seeing the Eureka Stockade flag either in the Museum or Art Gallery in Ballarat years ago but didn't visit the memorial.

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  9. thats sad...
    and still happens. which is even more sad..!

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  10. I imagine nowadays that being a descendent of one who 'fell' at Eureka is as prized as being a descendent of a First Fleeter! They certainly are an attraction to many Australians along with bushrangers.

    I have been to Ballarat, but pre-children which makes it probably the early '70s. Possibly time to get myself down there again.

    The B&W effect here focusses the mind, Joe.

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  11. Interesting post about something I knew nothing... it's what makes blogging so much fun and continuous learning... and better than watching the depressig news of today.

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