Saturday, July 25, 2015

Eureka Stockade

From Angus: 

The Eureka Stockade was a dramatic Australian history event taking place in the 1850’s in Ballarat,Victoria. The miners or diggers had come, from all over the world, to Ballarat to mine for gold.

There were people from China and America mining for gold alongside the Australians. The diggers needed a licence to mine for gold.There were police officers who would go on a licence hunt asking people to show them their licences. If miners were found without a licence, the officers would tie them to a log for the whole night until they paid the fee but if it was not paid by morning they would be sent to prison.The diggers were sick of this and one night they all came together to take a stand for freedom and burnt their licences. This is what started the Eureka Rebellion- the short war where 8 officers and twenty two diggers died.This battle was fought on the 3rd of December 1854. The diggers eventually and finally won their freedom and they were freed from the unreasonable rules.

Original Eureka Flag
From Dylan:

In the 1850s, people from all around the world came to Ballarat to mine for gold, but it wasn't easy as they thought it would be.
The Government saw what was happening and told the miners that they would to pay 30 shillings for a licence. Each month they would have to pay a fee of 10 shillings, if they did not pay this they would be tied to a log till they got the money. But in 1854 the miners stood up to this by raising their own flag to show that they didn't want to pay anymore.It was followed with a big fight and the  miners building their own wooden stockade. Twenty two miners and 8 soldiers died in the fight. Three years later the miners had the right to vote. The miners were able to mine in peace without the government down their throats.

 From Eden: 

On 3rd December, 1854, occurred a very dramtic event in Australian history.The gold miners had become agitated with how much they had to pay to mine, considering how little some of them found. Thousands of miners gathered and flew the Eureka flag, a blue flag with a white cross and five stars to symbolise the Southern Cross. The redcoats were alerted and, following the flying of the Eureka flag, there was a short but bloody battle where twenty two miners and eightof the police were killed. The battle didn't stimulate immediate change, a;lthough three years later the government granted all men the right to vote.

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