For term 4 our topic was History so he had to choose an important event in Australian history I chose The Eureka Stockade here is my Fact sheet:
Who: Peter Lalor- politician, James Scobie- horse trainer, Miners-Mining, Soldiers-fighting
When: 1854 the 3rd of December 3:00 AM-1854 the 3rd of December 3:15 AM
Why: Miners wanted digging licences to be removes- because they were expansive and police stole their gold
How: Miners where getting killed and they started to protest
Consequences: People died and the miners where frustrated
Feelings: People where scared
What was different?: There where wars in Australia
It was led by Peter Lalor who is a politician. The original Eureka flag was first raised in Bakery Hill. All the miners took an oath they said “We swear by the southern cross to stand truly by each other and fight to defend our rights and libraries”. But only 10,000 miners went in to the war and only 150 people stayed to fight! Most of the miners came from: Ballarat and Victoria. They fought against the police and the U.K colonial authorities. Most of the police where convicts because they were running out of police and asked if they want to become a police and the accepted.
On the 6th of October Scottish miner James Scobie was murdered at Eureka Hotel. It made the miners angry and three of them burnt the hotel. At once the police came and arrested the three hotel burners. A new Governor, Charles Hotham, came to Victoria. The miners started hoping that he’ll buy the gold for heaps of money. But he refused!
The Eureka stockade began with people protesting on gold fields. For the next two days miners started to build a stockade. Then the war started.
Another thing we had to do was make a poem here is mine
By Atticus Frost
The hotel burns and sparks their fire,
Diggers getting shot,
Soldiers jumped like kangaroo’s,
The wall of hope was burnt.
Then we had to do a description this is mine
Eureka Stockade Description
People were shooting hitting the stockade. I saw the citizens of Ballarat peeking out of their yellow curtains then quickly closing them. I saw the brave soldiers groaning for help they were tugging at their fellow soldiers legs. For a second I thought we’ll win because I could see soldiers lying on the ground, dead. Then I saw the diggers almost 30 had died I saw bullets flying past.
For 15 minutes we were fighting and then we stopped. Tears dripped down my face as I realised that we lost.