Media Release: Maurice Newman, PM Abbott’s razorman, to burn Eureka Dawn

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Effigy of Maurice Newman

Effigy of Maurice Newman

A cardboard effigy of Mr Maurice Newman, head of PM Abbott’s Business Advisory Council, will burn at the Eureka Stockade Memorial dawn of 3 December as part of the commemorations of the 159th anniversary of the Eureka Rebellion.

This will be the fifth Eureka Dawn effigy burning of the public figure judged to be this season’s most offensive to the people’s rights and liberties and the ritual now has quite a following,” said Eurekaphile effigy maker Graeme Dunstan.
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West Papuans to join commemoration of Eureka Rebellion in Ballarat in 2013

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Morning Star Flag at Eureka Vigil

Morning Star Flag at Eureka Vigil

In the cold and early hours of December 3 2013, people will gather in Ballarat to commemorate the 159th anniversary of the Eureka Rebellion. It was a battle lost at the time in 1854, a slaughter by troopers and police of those who stood their ground for basic rights, but it sent ripples through the colony of Victoria and across Australia at the time. Indeed the event was talked about internationally. Like a rock skipping upon a lake it continues to ripple through time affecting how we interpret rebellion, protest, the social democratic and direct democracy traditions here in Australia.

The 4am vigils at the Eureka Monument on the morning of December 3 usually attract about 50 people, from around Australia and even a few international visitors. Over the last few years West Papuans have joined the vigil and the activities during the day. The events have a raw meaning in their fight for justice and independence for West Papua.

As in previous years, the vigil will be broadcast live on Melbourne community radio 3CR from 4am to 6am.

This year larger numbers of the West Papuan Independence Movement will be involved in all
facets of the celebrations. Mr. Jacob Rumbiak, the Foreign Minister in exile, will be coming to Ballarat to receive a Eureka Australia Day Medal for the personal sacrifices he has personally made (imprisoned for 10 years, tortured by the Indonesian authorities). He fled to Australia in 1998. He is the senior member of the West Papuan Independence Movement who is currently not in an Indonesian prison.
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Solidarity and justice continues to resonate at Eureka Dawn vigil and march in 2012

We take for granted the limited rights and liberties we enjoy in Australia, won through the massacre at Eureka at Ballarat on the Victorian gold fields in 1854 and the social forment of the time which continues to send out political and social ripples across our continent. The radical spirit of the Eureka Rebellion and the Eureka Oath from 1854 continues to be a powerful statement of solidarity and justice, “We swear by the southern cross to stand truly by each other and fight to defend our rights and liberties.”

Photos: Eureka 2012 | Videos: Song of Freedom by West Papuans , Significance and history of the Diggers Memorial | Peacebus.com: Local Media Coverage


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Eureka 158 Dawn Vigil and Commemoration for 2012

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

Dawn at the Eureka Stockade Monument

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 anarchistage@yahoo.com

Reclaim the Radical Spirit of Eureka Events for Dec 3 2012

Reclaim the Radical Spirit of Eureka Events for Dec 3 2012

Eureka Commemoration Dinner Dec 3 2012

Eureka Commemoration Dinner Dec 3 2012


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.

Eureka protests in Ballarat: from dawn vigil to pool protest 2011

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Talking about the history of the Eureka Flag at Ballarat Fine Art Gallery  - 2011 Eureka CommemorationIn the wee hours of Saturday morning, December 3rd, some 40 people gathered in the dark at the monument in Eureka park in Ballarat. For the last 10 years people have gathered at the monument for a dawn vigil to remember those who died one morning 157 years ago fighting to defend basic rights and liberties.

It is a moving ceremony, held in the dark, in the quiet of night and as dawn slowly lightens the sky. If the clouds are in abeyance you can clearly see the southern cross in the sky, that iconic southern constellation that became a symbol for freedom, for rights and liberties and the demand for universal suffrage.

Related: photos by Takver |

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Wikileaks, West Papua and commemorating the 1854 Eureka rebellion at Ballarat 2010

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2010 dawn lanterns at Eureka Park
The persecution of Julian Assange and wikileaks for publishing diplomatic cables, and information on the Afghanistan and Iraq wars is just the latest in government suppression of freedom of speech and human rights and liberties, which past generations have fought for including the men and women of the Eureka rebellion in Ballarat in 1854. I have just returned from Ballarat where I was part of the commemoration of the Eureka Rebellion in 1854 – the 156th anniversary. The struggle for democratic rights and liberties and against corrupt government continues in 2010.
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Activists commemorate the spirit of Eureka Stockade in 2009

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Some 25 people stood around a monument in Ballarat in the pre-dawn hours of December 3 aknowledging the Eureka Diggers who fought and died to defend our rights and liberties one hundred and fifty five years ago.

The Dawn Commemoration this year was broadcast live from 4am to 6am on Melbourne Community Radio Station 3CR. Dr Joe Toscano gave an informative introduction on the Eureka rebellion and its importance for us today, before passing the microphone around the circle for everyone to articulate the personal meaning of Eureka for us today facing new onslaughts on our rights and liberties.

Related: Spirit of Eureka: Pat Mackie

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NSW Activists honoured at 154th Eureka anniversary in 2008

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Two activists from New South Wales were honoured in the Eureka Australia awards: 93 year old Phyllis Johnson from Padstow, and Wollongong activist Hans Post. The 154th anniversary commemmoration of Eureka on December 3 continues to explore the relevance of social activism and history. Various activities through out the day explored the meaning of the Eureka Rebellionto participants, the propaganda war on the Eureka story, and a recognition of those activists who have made social contributions in the spirit of Eureka through the Eureka Australia Medal awards at Bakery Hill.

Related: Sack Keelty | Flickr: Eureka 2008 photos | YouTube Videos: 1, 2, 3, 4 | Story: End the War on Terror – Sack Keelty
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Eureka Day at Ballarat 2007

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Eureka Day at Ballarat is both an emotionally and physically exhausting day. Starting at 4.00am and finishing around 3.00pm, it can be a particularly tiring day for people who have only managed to get a few hours sleep. This year was the 6th Anarchist Media Institute Australia Day celebrations. As the 3rd of December fell on a Monday, many of the participants from the last 2 years didn’t put in an appearance, sending their apologies instead. A pity when you think about it, because the idea behind holding the celebrations on the 3rd was to encourage people to take the day off work.
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NSW Activists Receive Eureka Australia Awards – 2007

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Peter McGregor and Doreen Burrow from New South Wales were among seven Australians honoured under the Eureka Australia Day awards announced at Bakery Hill in Ballarat on December 3, 2007, the 153rd anniversary of the Eureka Rebellion.

Takver’s Eureka Photos | Eureka Day at Ballarat
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