Eureka 49, 1903

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To-night the anniversary of the Eureka! Stockade will form the subject of a lecture to be delivered at the City Hall by Mr James Oddie. There are but few of the old pioneers who are so qualified to speak on such a subject, and fewer still who have taken the trouble to gather together so much material bearing on that tragic chapter of the history of Ballarat. Mr Oddie will deal with the advent of the diggers on Ballarat in 1851, and will not only review the history of this great City through its period of infancy up to the time of its maturity, but will look for ward to 1906, the jubilee year of the foundation of the City Council, of which he was the first chairman. The lecture will bo profusely illustrated by limelight views, and as the proceeds of the lecture—the charge being a silver coin—are to go to the poor funds of the Old Colonists' Association, one of the most unostentatious, as well as the most deserving, of Ballarat charitable institutions, there should be large attendance.[1]

To-day is the forty-ninth anniversary of the Eureka Stockade-incident. Old pioneers of course will remember that the now historic encounter took place at dawn on Sunday, morning, 3rd December, 1854. The attacking force, which consisted of detachments of the 12th and 40th Imperial regiments, assisted by a number of men-of-warsmen -and troopers, was under, the command of Captain Wise, who was one of the few British'soldiers who lost their lives in the fight. The insurgent diggers in the stockade were led by Peter Lalor, who subsequently represented Grant in the Legislative Assembly, over which he presided for a long while as Speaker. Recapitulation of the event is unnecessary. There are very few of the old pioneers now remaining to tell the story. ,Among,the survivors of the encounter are Mr John Lynch, sen., JP., of Smythesdale, who was captain of the pikemen, in the stockade; Mr Michael Tuohy, farmer, of Daylesford road, and a few others. Mr, Tom Marks, who nursed lalor while the latter , was escaping from the scene of the battle, is still in the flesh, but Mr Patrick Carroll, who con veyed the leader to Geelong in his waggon, died some time ago. His son is, however, living in Ballarat. During the year about to close the ranks of the old pioneers have sustained severe loss in (the death of-Mr A.T. Morrison, who was one of the leading spirits in the erection of the monument on the, site of the battle.[2]

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Peter Lalor

Thomas Marks


  1. Ballarat Star, 3 December 1903.
  2. Ballarat Star, 3 December 1903.