Back in Melbourne after spending December 3, the anniversary of Eureka in Ballarat. Important to commemorate the anniversary of this event which was an important origin of democracy in Australia.
This anniversary commemorative event started in 2002 after Joseph Toscano and partner Ellen Jose visited Ballarat in 2001 and found there were no official events organised for the anniversary. Reclaim the Radical Spirit of the Eureka Rebellion was born.
I have participated since 2002, although missed the event in 2015 and 2016 due to attending United Nations Climate Change Conferences in Paris, then Marrakech. Attending Eureka has become entwined in my life. I have a picture of my two year daughter with a friend on the Stockade monument from 2002. When she was eight she used to keep pace with the march on a scooter.