158 years since British troopers and the newly formed Victoria Police stormed the crude stockade at the Eureka diggings. The rebellion was suppressed militarily, but all the popular demands for democratic suffrage and miners rights were won within a year. The oath that was sworn 158 years ago:
“We swear by the Southern Cross to stand truly by each other and fight to defend our rights and liberties”
is still a potent call for solidarity and justice.
See also Graeme Dunstan of peacebus.com, Eureka prepublicity Graeme has been organising Eureka commemoration activities since 1998, including the popular lantern walk approaching the years of the sesquicentenary. There is a Facebook event page for attending the 158th anniversary of the Eureka rebellion
Come and attend the commemorations and celebration to Reclaim the Radical Spirit of the Eureka Rebellion, 158th Anniversary.
4am – 10pm Monday 3rd December 2012
Meet at 4am Eureka Stckade Monument (cnr Stawell & Eureka Street, Ballarat, Victoria)
4am – 6am – Dawn Vigil at the Eureka Monument
6am – 9am – Breakfast in the Eureka Hall, or BBQ breakfast in the park (Bring your own food and drinks)
9 – 9.30am – March to Bakery Hill. Presentations of Eureka Medals, Affirming the Eureka Oath
10.30am March to Ballarat Town Hall for Flag raising ceremony
11am March to Old Ballarat Cenetery to pay respects at the memorials (Bring Flowers)
Noon March to Ballarat Fine Art Gallery
12.30pm – View the original Eureka Flag/Discussion Ballarat Art Gallery
1.00pm Walk back to Eureka Park for late picnic lunch
7pm – 10pm Eureka Commemoration Dinner (Eureka Stockade Hotel 152 Eureka St) (No admission charge, pay for own food and drinks
Guest Speaker John Semmens – Topic: Ballarat Reform League – Past & Present
Entertainment: The Bard – Eureka Records
Seating Limited only 90 available
BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL – BOOK NOW!!
Phone 0439 395 489 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Sadly, it seems these are the only activities being organised on the actual December 3 anniversary this year. I am sure the descendants – Eureka’s Children – will hold events on the weekend before or after. Ballarat City Council, who make use of the Eureka flag logo and promote the city based upon it’s unique historical association with the Eureka Rebellion also appear to have no events commemorating Eureka. Very sad when our democratic institutions forget the importance of basic democratic ideas of rights and liberties and standing together in solidarity. It cost the lives of at least 35 men (and an unknown number more) to achieve suffrage in Victoria.