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Eureka on Trial

The Eureka Stockade was an eruption of suppressed anger on the Ballarat goldfields in 1854, and remains an ongoing symbol of popular protest. Arising out of an unpopular licensing scheme, the rebellion resulted in a set of even more unpopular show trials that failed to convict any of those charged. The records that the government kept of its dealings with the mining community of Ballarat are focused around attempts to impose order through fines, arrests and trials. However, the widespread unrest turned into a test of the government’s aims and methods. Indeed, Eureka in many ways shaped the governance and character of the new colony of Victoria.

Click on one of the nine focus areas below to explore the Eureka story further. There are also a number of education activities.

State of the Goldfields

State of the Goldfields

Hotham's Narrative

Hotham's Narrative

Murder of James Scobie

Murder of James Scobie

Burning of Bentley's Hotel

Burning of Bentley's Hotel

Escalating Tensions

Escalating Tensions

Eureka Stockade

Eureka Stockade

Perspectives

Perspectives

The State Trials

The State Trials

Aftermath

Aftermath

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