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February 18, 2013

Eureka Flag moved to where it all began.

by vipsinc

Eureka Flag moved to where it all began.

In the Age the story of the Eureka Flag, moving into the new Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka: M.A.D.E. There have been disputes for many years where the flag should be kept. According to the Age the Ballarat Fine Art Gallery has decided to allow the flag to be displayed in the new Museum, close to the site of the Eureka Rebellion.

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At the upcoming Conference: Under the Southern Cross – A Goldfields Experience, the Eureka history will also be highlighted, from all different angles:

Dr Joe Toscano has become widely known as an anarchist spokesperson for the Anarchist Media Institute through his broadcasting on community radio, his frequent letters to newspapers such as The Age and the Herald Sun and his initiation of community campaigns.  Joe is the Convenor of the “Reclaim the Radical Spirit of Eureka Rebellion Celebrations”. He is also on the Tunnerminnerwait and Maulboyheenner Commemoration Committee, the Direct Democracy Not Parliamentary Rule and the Wednesday Action Group. Opinions about what occurred at Ballarat on the 3rd December 1854 are as diverse and wide ranging in 2012/2013 as they were in 1854. Some people claim the Eureka Rebellion was little more than a riot carried out by small business people who did not want to pay taxes while others claim it was a full blown rebellion that continues to have major reverberations today. The Eureka story has survived the attempts of many elements in Australian society to claim the events that occurred on the 3rd December as their own.

Dr Val Noone, an Australian historian who has written extensively on social history and has a particular interest in the history of the Irish Language in Victoria, Australia, in its social, cultural and linguistic aspects. He is an Honorary Fellow of the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies at the University of Melbourne. He will take a closer look at the Irish on the goldfields – remembering Peter Lalor was an Irishman.

Clare Gervasoni, Art & Historical Collections at University of Ballarat, director Ballarat Heritage Services,genealogist & consulting historian with an interest in pre-1900 non-English speakers in Australia, will look at the multicultural aspect of the goldfields.

Charlie Farrugia Senior Collections Advisor at Public Record Office Victoria.  Will present his paper on: Victoria’s Inquest Records.

Dr Jan Croggon, Senior Historian at The Sovereign Hill Museum Association Ballarat, will explore the paradox of the Victorian woman as she emerged on the goldfields: believed to be weak, yet in reality strong, ‘foolish’, yet amazingly capable and adaptable.  In the challenging world of the gold rush, the role of women was being reviewed and re-assessed: women were becoming aware that here was an environment in which they might exercise rights and privileges which normally belonged exclusively to men.

Dianne Campbell MA: Trades & Professions – Lawyers, Licensees & Women.

Dianne is a legal historian, freelance writer/editor and author – her interests include the history of lawyers and legal practice on the goldfields of Australasia & the Anglo-Irish in Australia.


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