Eureka Stockade by Raffaello CarboniSignor Carboni Raffaelo writes funny [& true!] anecdotes, the progress of history, some mediocre poetry, and an ability to communicate his own passion. To sketch out the events in the book loosely; it begins with Raffaelos visit to Australia, his discovery of several ounces of gold, then his gradual engagement with local affairs. He & his fellow gold-diggers are repressed by a licence scheme, there is a murder-later revenged by vigilantes, fire, (mild) abuse of clergy, and the climax is a bloody rebellion against the colonial government (which at the time was terrified of democratic revolution), finally trails off with his trial and departure to Rome.
My own impression was of his own sincere belief in a Christian God, his belief in equality beyond race or religion (although scarcely mentions Australian Aboriginals), his awareness of world affairs (such as Field Marshall Lieutenant Haynau) and of a sense of alienation from the colonial world. He was a visitor, not any type of colonist. His trial, which I believe to be directly transcribed, has shockingly bizarre & absolutely hilarious speeches.
Signor Raffaelo records various Australian lingo, some now fallen out of pop. use, and peppers his book frequently with, Great-Works!. Spy Goodenough, occurs frequently and took me quite a while to grasp. It was rewarding to expand my awareness about national caricatures-John Bull; his pleasure in flames, and so deeply attached to commerce.
I recommend this book to anyone interested in Australia, this event even now carries social momentum (in the form of the Eureka Flag).
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10 Interesting the Eureka Stockade Facts
The facts of the Eureka rebellion are well documented in public libraries and records offices around Australia and London, and were widely recorded in newspapers of the time. They are beyond dispute. For purely political reasons, leftist organisations such as the ALP and the Australia Union Movement have attempted to re-invent the actual causes and circumstances of the uprising. Their acolytes, in the face of recorded facts, have tried to institutionalise an invented history of Eureka as the "birthplace of Australian democracy", by using fallacious interpretations of the facts, and anaemic rationalisations. For example, Gough Whitlam, in Ballarat in to unveil the restored Eureka flag, proclaimed, referring to the Eureka uprising, "the importance of an historical event lies not in what happened, but in what later generations believe to have happened". Similarly, on the same subject, Professor Weston Bate;"Facts do not speak for themselves - to achieve an impact they require imaginative interpretation" The Courier, November 24,
The Eureka Stockade was caused by a disagreement over what gold miners felt were unfair laws and policing of their work by government. Miners were unable to claim the land on which they worked, and so risked being relocated at a moment's notice. They were also required by law to buy a licence and carry it with them at all times, or face a fine and arrest. The miners felt this was an unfair system and were prepared to fight for change. Police invaded the mines to enforce the licensing laws, in late November The miners refused to cooperate, and burned their licences and stoned police.
The Eureka Stockade Facts 1: the death
Colony of Victoria. The Eureka Rebellion was a rebellion in , instigated by gold miners in Ballarat , Victoria , Australia , who revolted against the colonial authority of the United Kingdom. It culminated in the Battle of the Eureka Stockade , which was fought between miners and the colonial forces of Australia on 3 December at Eureka Lead and named for the stockade structure built by miners during the conflict. The rebellion was the culmination of a period of civil disobedience in the Ballarat region during the Victorian gold rush with miners objecting to the expense of a miner's licence , taxation via the licence without representation, and the actions of the government, the police and military. Mass public support for the captured rebels in the colony's capital of Melbourne when they were placed on trial resulted in the introduction of the Electoral Act , which mandated suffrage for male colonists in the lower house in the Victorian parliament. This is considered the second instituted act of political democracy in Australia. In , a report commissioned by the City of Ballarat found that the most likely site of the rallies which led to the rebellion was 29 St.