Before dawn on 3rd December 1854, colonial troopers at Ballarat attacked a group of gold miners who had thrown up a stockade in defiance and defence. Some diggers had guns, but many were unarmed; some 20 of them were killed, along with four troopers. In the decades that followed, the truth of what happened that morning became obscured by partisans on both sides. For may years the Eureka Stockade was regarded as a shameful event and almost forgotten; more recently, it has been celebrated as a righteous stand against injustice. This title vividly recreates the story of Eureka and unravels the myths that have come to surround it. The story of Australia's first and only armed rebellion for democratic rights continues to provoke passionate controversy and debate.
- Paperback | 252 pages
- 154.9 x 233.7 x 20.3mm | 453.6g
- 01 Aug 2001
- Melbourne University Press
- Carlton, Australia
"Eureka Stockade and Ned Kelly are surley our most potent historical symbols--not merely because they are abiding symbols of resistance to corrupt authority, but because they are such good stories." --"The West Australian"
About John Molony
John Molony has been Professor of History and then Manning Clark Professor of Australian History at the Australian National University, Canberra (1975-91), Keith Cameron Professor of Australian History at University College Dublin (1991-93) and Foundation Research Professor of the Australian Catholic University (1993-96).