What caused the Eureka Stockade? – Part 3 | Sovereign Hill Education

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22 December 1851, Geelong Advertiser and Intelligencer (Vic. : 1851 - 1856), page 2

…One of the reasons given for the licence fee was to encourage men to give up looking for gold, and help bring in the harvest, but this article from the Geelong Advertiser and Intelligencer in December 1851 (remember gold had only been discovered in Ballarat around August 1851), states that the diggers had no reason to pay a licence fee, as the Police force was being allowed to be “broken up”. This article also states that the Governor has called for troops, and questions why they are needed. In fact it seems the author has a low regard about the competence of the Governor and Government. These were some of the issues blamed for the Eureka uprising Four years later !…

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DOMESTIC INTELLIGENCE.

2 February 1852, The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), page 3

…Another reason the Government gave for making men pay a gold licence fee, was to pay for Government services and Law and order on the Goldfields, a letter in the Argus from February 1852 , is titled “LYNCH LAW AT THE DIGGINGS” and the author says that some diggers were taking the law into their own hands, and forming together to protect themselves. He says he has paid for protection with his licence fee, and if he has to do this as well, he won’t pay the licence. Weren’t the diggers at Eureka saying something similar?…

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THE GOLD LICENCES. Buninyong, Monday Morning, August 25.

26 August 1851, Geelong Advertiser (Vic. : 1847 - 1851), page 2

…Those that study Eureka will know about the “Monster” meetings that occurred in the months leading up to the fight at the stockade. But there had been monster meetings years before. The first recorded meeting I have found was held at Buninyong on the 25 th of August, and reported in the Geelong Advertiser the next day. it has been reported that at this meeting shouts of “Taxation without Representation” were heard from the crowd, a catchcry of the Eureka Diggers.  A letter republished in the Argus from John Harrison mentions a meeting on the Forest Creek (Castlemaine) diggings where he was elected a delegate. The letter goes on to describe how he had visited several of the Victorian goldfields and lobbied the Government to expel thieves from the diggings. It was dated 31 st of January 1852. Eureka was still 46 months away.…

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TO THE GOLD MINERS OF VICTORIA. Per favour of the Argus.

2 February 1852, The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), page 3

…Those that study Eureka will know about the “Monster” meetings that occurred in the months leading up to the fight at the stockade. But there had been monster meetings years before. The first recorded meeting I have found was held at Buninyong on the 25 th of August, and reported in the Geelong Advertiser the next day. it has been reported that at this meeting shouts of “Taxation without Representation” were heard from the crowd, a catchcry of the Eureka Diggers.  A letter republished in the Argus from John Harrison mentions a meeting on the Forest Creek (Castlemaine) diggings where he was elected a delegate. The letter goes on to describe how he had visited several of the Victorian goldfields and lobbied the Government to expel thieves from the diggings. It was dated 31 st of January 1852. Eureka was still 46 months away.…