Eureka 20, 1874

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The third anniversary of the Ballarat Pioneers' Association was celebrated yesterday, when a number of the Old Bendigonians arrived by the morning train, and were entertained and lionised throughout the day. ... In the evening they were invited to Craig's hotel, where they sat down to a well-provided dinner, which was placed upon the table in excellent style, under the eye of the new host, Mr E. C. Moore. About sixty covers were laid, and all the seats were occupied; Mr H.R. Nicholls ably filling the chair, and Messrs Caselli and Henry Davies the vice-chairs. ... Some critic had said that these toasts savored somewhat of "our noble selves"— (Hear, hear) — but he did not see why the toasts should not be of this nature, because they were celebrating a very great event — the foundation of a nation in the midst of a wilderness. They did not claim the credit of the work, but they did a great deal of it, and managed to build cities where there was only bush previously and happily still remained here to be able to announce the fact. It had been said that the old colonists had become hardened in the struggles they had gone through, and been accused of a want of sociability; but he denied this, and such gatherings as these annual celebrations proved that there was a very strong feeling of friendship and regard between them. ... In giving the toast of "the Eureka Stockade; those who died there, and the memories evoked by it," Mr Jones referred in a very feeling manner to those, miners who had fallen while resisting the tyrannous heel of authority, as well as the soldiers who had marched forward at the word of command to do the duty demanded of them. If there had been even a shadow of representation; for the people at that time, there would have been no reason for the armed resistance to constitutional authority which took place that day twenty years; - and this showed the "true value of Parliament, and the adherence of the people to constitutional government. He regretted the absence from this gathering of the commander-in-chief of the rebels (Mr Peter Lalor). The toast was drank in solemn silence. Mr Lynch, in responding, endorsed all that' Mr Jones had said, and contended that there were occasions when opposing constitutional authority was not only advisable, but commendable. 'The history of England and other countries had proved, this, and they all knew how the diggers in the early days were maltreated and abused." Mr J.B. Humffray, being called upon, said he would rather that he might have been eloquent by his silence, for there were too many things to be uttered if speech were allowed in reference to that memorable occasion. He had been hammered on the back with a policeman's baton — he saw other miners chained to logs and cruelly used, yet he was an advocate for peaceful measure. But they all were determined to resist the tyranny of those times, and a good many present took their share in it in various ways; but they had nothing to be ashamed of in the memories of twenty years ago. ("Hear, hear;", and applause.) ..." [1]

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J.B. Humffray

John Lynch

Henry Nicholls


  1. Ballarat Courier, 04 December 1874.