Battle of the Eureka Stockade - December 1854

The battle of the Eureka Stockade in 1854 was the culmination of long-standing grievances including exorbitant licence fees, police brutality and lack of voting rights imposed by the Victorian colonial government. Driven to extreme measures, the ‘diggers’ on the goldfields, who hailed from more than 20 countries, gathered and formed the Ballarat Reform League. They took a solemn oath to demand their rights and to fight against the ongoing government oppression. What followed was a clash that has echoed down the very fabric of Australian folklore and political thinking.

DELIVERY MODE

  • Face-to-Face

SUGGESTED READING

  • Robyn Annear, Fly a Rebel Flag – The Eureka Stockade (2017)
  • Gregory Blake, Eureka Stockade – a ferocious and bloody battle (2012)
  • Les Blake, Peter Lalor, the man from Eureka (1979)
  • John Molony, Eureka (2001)
  • Clare Wright, The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka (2013)
  • State Library of Victoria, Eureka Stockade
  • Wikipedia, Eureka Rebellion

COURSE OUTLINE

  • Analysis of the 1850s Australian gold rushes
  • Analysis of the Victorian Government’s heavy-handed treatment of the diggers
  • Analysis of the grievances expressed by the diggers
  • Sequence of events leading to the actual rebellion
  • Comparison of Government and miners’ leadership
  • Comparison of weapons and tactics used by both sides in the battle
  • Post-rebellion reforms and echoes for today’s politics
$22 Limited

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