Friday, February 23, 2024

Ballarat prepares to host Eureka Day

City of Ballarat Council preparations are underway to mark the 168th anniversary of one of the most significant events in not only Ballarat’s history, but nationally.  

Each year on December 3rd, people gather to mark the anniversary of the attack by Victorian Colonial Military Forces on protesting miners at the Eureka Stockade.   

Known as Eureka Day, the occasion has a long commemorative history, being remembered across Australia, and especially in Ballarat.  

Under the guidance of Council, a program of events will be presented at the Eureka Centre to mark the anniversary.

The Eureka Day program begins with the Peter Tobin Oration, a ticketed evening event honouring the contribution of the late Peter Tobin OAM to the commemoration of the Eureka Stockade.

This year’s guest speaker will be journalism scholar, Dr Josie Vine speaking about the role of journalism in the events surrounding the Eureka Stockade. Dr Vines will highlight the story of Australia’s first woman newspaper editor, Clara Seekamp. 

City of Ballarat Mayor, Des Hudson will lead the commemorative service on the Saturday in remembering those who died at the Eureka Stockade.   

“This is truly one of Australia’s most iconic historic moments and Saturday’s commemorative morning service held in the Eureka Centre auditorium is to honour those who died and were involved in the 1854 Eureka Stockade,” Mayor Hudson said.  

“The Eureka Stockade is of undeniable national importance, but it is also one of Ballarat’s foundation stories, one that has deep roots in our culture.  

“Following the formalities of Saturday’s commemorative service, Sunday is the traditional Eureka Community Day with an opportunity for people of all ages to learn about and reflect on the Eureka legacy and come together as a community whose identity is forged by this great historical event,” he said.

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