Thursday, 20 August 2009

Bakery Hill

During November 1854 a number of large public meetings were held at Bakery Hill by diggers and supporters to protest against the actions of the administration and to demand reforms, including the removal of the Gold Licence. The authorities refused to meet these demands worsening the already tense situation and increasing the diggers' determination to fight for their cause.

On 30th november 1854, the Southern Cross flag was raised for the first time and the protesters, under the leadership of Peter Lalor an Irishman, swore allegiance to this flag (see Tuesday's post) before proceeding to the Eureka lead and construct the stockade.

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