To be at the site of the Eureka stockade as dawn was breaking, was a powerful moment in visioning why people rebel, and the ongoing importance of Eureka to the Australian identity.
In the early hours of December 3 I joined about 32 other people in front of the Eureka Monument on the corner of Stawell and Eureka Streets in Ballarat. The occasion was the 149th anniversary of the military slaughter of the Eureka stockade.
The people gathered were from all over Victoria, including a number of Ballarat locals. A banner was erected which said ‘Reclaiming the Radical Spirit of the Eureka Rebellion’ The monument was decorated with Southern Cross banners and lanterns – a very fitting and powerful commemoration by lantern designer Graeme Dunston.