|A replica of the Eureka flag flying near the site of the stockade photographed by me in 2007|
On 3 December the Government forces attacked the stockade built by the miners at the Eureka lead. The miners lost the skirmish. 22 miners were killed and 5 of the Government troops. However, after the rebellion changes were introduced. The license fee was reduced. Miners could own land. Miners also got the vote.
|A gold license issued in 1853 by my great great great grandfather, Philip Champion de Crespigny (1817-1889), who was a gold warden in Victoria (image from the State Library of Victoria). He was not at Ballarat at the time of the rebellion.|
In the 1850s more than half a million immigrants arrived in Australia and 60% of these came to Victoria for Gold. At the time of the Eureka rebellion there were about 25,000 living on the Ballarat goldfields including some of my husband's forebears. I don't know if they played any part in the rebellion, they are certainly not among those named, any part they played must have been small. I would love to know what they thought about it.
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