The Eureka Centre Renamed Museum of Australian Democrary at Eureka (MADE) in 2013
The magnificent new Eureka Stockade centre, in Ballarat, stands on the site of one of the most significant events in Australian history - the Eureka Rebellion. In December 1854, Ballarat's miners took up arms against a corrupt and unjust goldfields administration. After years of oppression, the bloody battle that followed led to the birth of true democracy in Australia. Now, as Australia considers its political future, the new Eureka Stockade centre provides a dramatic focus for contemplation and reflection. Here the original Eureka flag is on display, on loan from the Art Gallery of Ballarat since 2013.
December 2011 marked the 157th anniversary of the struggle at the Eureka Stockade. It is a story of a group of diggers from around the world who defended their rights and liberties, took concerted action and helped build Australian democracy. Eureka was a defining moment in Australia's history that left a legacy of freedom, social democracy and cultural diversity. It provided many of the foundations on which contemporary Australian society is built. Next to Gallipoli, Eureka is Australia's most talked about armed struggle.
American writer Mark Twain visited Ballarat in the mid 1890s and described Eureka in this way:
It was a revolution - small in size, but great politically; it was a strike for liberty, a struggle for principle, a stand against injustice and oppression ... it is another instance of a victory won by a lost battle.
Eureka Pages online at Public Record Office of Victoria
Eureka Pages on the Public Record Office of Victoria website.
Eureka on Defending Victoria Website
Eureka Page by Ian MacFarlane
State Library of Victoria
Go to the SLV website and search their online catalogue and databases for Eureka items.
Art Gallery of Ballarat
Certainly worth a visit. Past exhibitions include: S T Gill in the Goldfields, Ballarat in Pictures, The Last of England: emigration in prints, Colonial Portraits in the Collection
Ballarat Heritage Services > Articles
There are a number of significant items on the Ballarat Heritage Services website including: Eureka a Multicultural Affair, Eureka Drummer Boy, A Pre-Eureka Incident, as well as publications for sale.
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