Eureka 151, 2005

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Mayor Judy Verlin inspects members of the 40th Regiment Reenactment Group at the Ballaarat Old Cemetery, Eureka Day, 2005, Photography: Clare Gervasoni

Eureka revisited: the contest of memories

This touring exhibition from the Ballarat Fine Art Gallery told the story of the Eureka Stockade rebellion at Ballarat in 1854, and examined the many ways in which the story had been retold over the past 150 years. [1]

The exhibition was held at Ballarat from 5 August to 30 October 2005, and explored the significance and meaning of the Eureka legend through artworks prepared by eye-witnesses and memorabilia from the 1850s. These included items such as Peter Lalor’s pistol and a full-sized replica of the most enduring symbol of Eureka - the flag of the Southern Cross.[2]

Eureka revisited also featured original works by prominent artists - such as Sidney Nolan, Eugene von Guerard, Norman Lindsay, Sally Smart and Peter Solness - who have all been inspired by Eureka imagery and symbolism.[3]

Unknown maker (Australia), The flag of the Southern Cross (Eureka Flag), 1854, wool, cotton.
Art Gallery of Ballarat Collection. Gift of the King family, 2001

The 2005 Eureka Dawn Oration was delivered by Dorothy Wickham.

40th Regiment re-enactment at the Ballaarat Old Cemetery, Eureka Sunday 2005, Photography: Ballarat Heritage Services Picture Collection.

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Dorothy Wickham at the Eureka Stockade Memorial, dawn, 04 December 2005. Photography: Clare Gervasoni

--Clare K. Gervasoni (talk) 09:41, 4 June 2013 (EST)