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Fly a Rebel Flag: The Battle at Eureka/Annear, Robyn/Paper/1921167432/S003-C
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'We swear by the Southern Cross to stand truly by each other and fight to defend our rights and liberties!' - The Digger's Oath, 30 November 1854.
The diggers were fed up. Ever since the gold rushes began, the police had hounded them, forcing them to show their licences like common criminals. At last the diggers of Ballarat made a stand. They would pay no more licence fees. They took up arms, built a stockade, and swore to defend themselves against the authorities.
When government troops stormed the Eureka stockade the battle lasted just twenty minutes, but it changed Australia forever.
Was this a blow for democracy? Was it a glorious rebellion? Or just a bloody massacre? You decide.