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Monday to Friday: 10:00 am to 4:30 pm
(excl. public holidays)
The second and last Saturday of every month

We will be closing the Reading Room at 1pm on Fri 19 Dec

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Eureka on Trial

 

In addition to the traditional HTML view of the exhibition at the bottom of this page we are currently trialing another version of the exhibition using a new platform that we hope will give researchers more options around viewing, sharing and embedding the entire exhibition and/or individual records. To read more about this click here

 

 

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 belowe 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

Charles Hotham

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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