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* MultinationalTeam: Considering gold rushes tend to attract aspiring miners from the world over, this is to be expected. While Australians still made the majority, and Australian secession may have been on the table if things got out of hand, the rebelling force also consisted of Americans, Canadians, Englishmen, Scots, Irish, New Zealanders, Jamaicans, Italians, Dutch, Germans, Hungarians and Poles. Henry Ross, one of the captains as well as the possible designer of the Eureka flag, was Canadian. The aforementioned Independent Californian Rangers were there to intercept British reinforcements coming out of Melbourne. The Irish members fought with the defeat of Vinegar Hill to inspire them with vengeance against the British. Even black Americans (such as John Joseph, one of the 13 who was tried and subsequently acquitted) were among the ranks, and were treated no differently than the other 12,000 rebels ([[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming Joseph's acquittal saw him carried around on a chair by a cheering crowd in triumph around the streets of Melbourne]]).

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* MultinationalTeam: Considering gold rushes tend to attract aspiring miners from the world over, this is to be expected. While Australians still made the majority, and Australian secession may have been on the table if things got out of hand, the rebelling force also consisted of Americans, Canadians, Englishmen, Scots, Irish, New Zealanders, Jamaicans, Italians, Dutch, Germans, Hungarians and Poles. Henry Ross, one of the captains as well as the possible designer of the Eureka flag, was Canadian. The aforementioned Independent Californian Rangers were there to intercept British reinforcements coming out of Melbourne. The Irish members fought with the defeat of Vinegar Hill to inspire them with vengeance against the British. Even black Americans (such as John Joseph, one of the 13 who was tried and subsequently acquitted) were among the ranks, and were treated no differently than the other 12,000 rebels ([[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming Joseph's (Joseph's acquittal saw him carried around on a chair by a cheering crowd in triumph around the streets of Melbourne]]).Melbourne).


* BlackAndWhiteMorality: Works and viewpoints of the time painted the event as such: persecuted miners going up against their corrupt government oppressors. Still persists to this day, and the [[PoliticallyIncorrectHero severe racism shared amongst the miners]] tends to be overlooked, though [[FairForItsDay their opponents were]] [[PoliticallyIncorrectVillain equally racist]].
* CurbStompBattle


* BlackAndWhiteMorality: Works and viewpoints of the time painted the event as such: persecuted miners going up against their corrupt government oppressors. Still persists to this day, though the [[PoliticallyIncorrectHero severe racism shared amongst the miners]] tends to be overlooked [[spoiler: but then again, [[FairForItsDay their opponents were]] [[PoliticallyIncorrectVillain equally racist]] ]].

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* BlackAndWhiteMorality: Works and viewpoints of the time painted the event as such: persecuted miners going up against their corrupt government oppressors. Still persists to this day, though and the [[PoliticallyIncorrectHero severe racism shared amongst the miners]] tends to be overlooked [[spoiler: but then again, overlooked, though [[FairForItsDay their opponents were]] [[PoliticallyIncorrectVillain equally racist]] ]].racist]].


->''"By and by there was a result; and I think it may be called the finest thing in Australian history. It was a revolution - small in size, but great politically; it was a strike for liberty, a struggle for a principle, a stand against injustice and oppression. It was the [[UsefulNotes/KingJohnOfEngland Barons and John]] over again; it was [[EnglishCivilWar Hampeden and Ship-Money]]; it was [[UsefulNotes/{{TheAmericanRevolution}} Concord and Lexington]]; small beginnings, all of them, but all of them great results, all of them epoch making."''

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->''"By and by there was a result; and I think it may be called the finest thing in Australian history. It was a revolution - small in size, but great politically; it was a strike for liberty, a struggle for a principle, a stand against injustice and oppression. It was the [[UsefulNotes/KingJohnOfEngland Barons and John]] over again; it was [[EnglishCivilWar [[UsefulNotes/EnglishCivilWar Hampeden and Ship-Money]]; it was [[UsefulNotes/{{TheAmericanRevolution}} Concord and Lexington]]; small beginnings, all of them, but all of them great results, all of them epoch making."''


* BlackAndWhiteMorality: Works and viewpoints of the time painted the event as such: persecuted miners going up against their corrupt government oppressors. Still persists to this day, though the racism shared amongst the miners tends to be overlooked.

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* BlackAndWhiteMorality: Works and viewpoints of the time painted the event as such: persecuted miners going up against their corrupt government oppressors. Still persists to this day, though the [[PoliticallyIncorrectHero severe racism shared amongst the miners miners]] tends to be overlooked.overlooked [[spoiler: but then again, [[FairForItsDay their opponents were]] [[PoliticallyIncorrectVillain equally racist]] ]].

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* TheGreatestHistoryNeverTold: Surprisingly, seeing as what the consequences of this ended up being.


* MortonsFork: The situation of the government. The trials showed that the Ballarat Reform League had no shortage of supporters, so if the miner's demands were still refused, a wide-scale revolt may have been very likely; not just in Victoria, but in other gold rush states like New South Wales (which also included Queensland at the time) and Western Australia. And powers such as France, Russia and America would have seen the expanded rebellion as a great opportunity to curb British power.

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* MortonsFork: The situation of the government. The trials showed that the Ballarat Reform League had no shortage of supporters, so if the miner's demands were still refused, a wide-scale revolt may have been very likely; not just in Victoria, but in other gold rush states like New South Wales (which also included Queensland present-day Queensland, Northern Territory and a chunk of South Australia at the time) and Western Australia. And powers such as France, Russia and America would have seen the expanded rebellion as a great opportunity to curb British power.


* FairForItsDay: They had no problem with African-Americans fighting alongside them, at a time when the situation back in America wasn't the greatest. However, one of the resolutions passed by the Ballarat Reform League later implemented was the restriction of Chinese miners and immigrants.

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* FairForItsDay: They had no problem with African-Americans fighting alongside them, at a time when the situation back in America wasn't the greatest. However, one of the resolutions passed by the Ballarat Reform League later implemented was the restriction of Chinese miners and immigrants.
* MortonsFork: The situation of the government. The trials showed that the Ballarat Reform League had no shortage of supporters, so if the miner's demands were still refused, a wide-scale revolt may have been very likely; not just in Victoria, but in other gold rush states like New South Wales (which also included Queensland at the time) and Western Australia. And powers such as France, Russia and America would have seen the expanded rebellion as a great opportunity to curb British power.


This event was probably one of, if not the most important event in Australian history. The mistreatment of the Victorian miners, the eventual uprising and the popular support for the rebels gave birth to a sense of identity separate from the British, and the uprising itself is considered the birth of Australian nationalism and, though this opinion is more controversial, Australian democracy. It wasn't the last time Australia nearly came into full-scale revolt, either: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1891_Australian_shearers%27_strike a simple shearer's strike]] in Queensland 37 years later may have also been the start of a major conflict had it gone any further. Today, the Eureka Flag is still flown alongside the current Australian flag, and is far and away the strongest contender for a potential new national flag. It's eagerly been adopted by Republicans and patriots, and more controversially both the far left and the far right (it's the only thing that they can agree on). To be fair, [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/8/84/Eureka_Flag.svg it's a very nice-looking flag]]. However, it's not represented in Australian media that much, which is weird because of how important it was for Australia both in the short term and in the long run.

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This event was probably one of, if not the most important event in Australian history. The mistreatment of the Victorian miners, the eventual uprising and the popular support for the rebels gave birth to a sense of identity separate from the British, and the uprising itself is considered the birth of Australian nationalism and, though this opinion is more controversial, Australian democracy. It wasn't the last time Australia nearly came into full-scale revolt, either: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1891_Australian_shearers%27_strike a simple shearer's strike]] in Queensland 37 years later may have also been the start of a major conflict had it gone any further. Today, the Eureka Flag is still flown alongside the current Australian flag, and is far and away the strongest contender for a potential new national flag. It's eagerly been adopted by Republicans and patriots, the union movement, sporting clubs, and more controversially both the far left and the far right (it's the only thing that they can agree on). To be fair, [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/8/84/Eureka_Flag.svg it's a very nice-looking flag]]. However, it's not represented in Australian media that much, which is weird because of how important it was for Australia both in the short term and in the long run.


* FairForItsDay: ZigZagged with the miners' views on race. They had no problem with African-Americans fighting alongside them, at a time when the situation back in America wasn't the greatest. However, one of the resolutions passed by the Ballarat Reform League later implemented was the restriction of Chinese miners and immigrants.

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* FairForItsDay: ZigZagged with the miners' views on race. They had no problem with African-Americans fighting alongside them, at a time when the situation back in America wasn't the greatest. However, one of the resolutions passed by the Ballarat Reform League later implemented was the restriction of Chinese miners and immigrants.


* MultinationalTeam: Considering gold rushes tend to attract aspiring miners from the world over, this is to be expected. While Australians still made the majority, and Australian secession may have been on the table if things got out of hand, the rebelling force also consisted of Americans, Canadians, Englishmen, Scots, Irish, New Zealanders, Jamaicans, Italians, Dutch, Germans, Hungarians and Poles. Henry Ross, one of the captains as well as the possible designer of the Eureka flag, was Canadian. The aforementioned Independent Californian Rangers were there to intercept British reinforcements coming out of Melbourne. The Irish members fought with the memory of Vinegar Hill fresh in their minds. Even black Americans (such as John Joseph, one of the 13 who was tried and subsequently acquitted) were among the ranks, and were treated no differently than the other 12,000 rebels ([[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming Joseph's acquittal saw him carried around on a chair by a cheering crowd in triumph around the streets of Melbourne]]).

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* MultinationalTeam: Considering gold rushes tend to attract aspiring miners from the world over, this is to be expected. While Australians still made the majority, and Australian secession may have been on the table if things got out of hand, the rebelling force also consisted of Americans, Canadians, Englishmen, Scots, Irish, New Zealanders, Jamaicans, Italians, Dutch, Germans, Hungarians and Poles. Henry Ross, one of the captains as well as the possible designer of the Eureka flag, was Canadian. The aforementioned Independent Californian Rangers were there to intercept British reinforcements coming out of Melbourne. The Irish members fought with the memory defeat of Vinegar Hill fresh in their minds.to inspire them with vengeance against the British. Even black Americans (such as John Joseph, one of the 13 who was tried and subsequently acquitted) were among the ranks, and were treated no differently than the other 12,000 rebels ([[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming Joseph's acquittal saw him carried around on a chair by a cheering crowd in triumph around the streets of Melbourne]]).


* MultinationalTeam: Considering gold rushes tend to attract aspiring miners from the world over, this is to be expected. While Australians still made the majority, and Australian secession may have been on the table if things got out of hand, the rebelling force also consisted of Americans, Canadians, Englishmen, Scots, Irish, New Zealanders, Jamaicans, Italians, and Dutch. Even black Americans (such as John Joseph, one of the 13 who was tried and subsequently acquitted) were among the ranks, and were treated no differently than the other 12,000 rebels ([[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming Joseph's acquittal saw him carried around on a chair by a cheering crowd in triumph around the streets of Melbourne]]).

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* MultinationalTeam: Considering gold rushes tend to attract aspiring miners from the world over, this is to be expected. While Australians still made the majority, and Australian secession may have been on the table if things got out of hand, the rebelling force also consisted of Americans, Canadians, Englishmen, Scots, Irish, New Zealanders, Jamaicans, Italians, Dutch, Germans, Hungarians and Dutch.Poles. Henry Ross, one of the captains as well as the possible designer of the Eureka flag, was Canadian. The aforementioned Independent Californian Rangers were there to intercept British reinforcements coming out of Melbourne. The Irish members fought with the memory of Vinegar Hill fresh in their minds. Even black Americans (such as John Joseph, one of the 13 who was tried and subsequently acquitted) were among the ranks, and were treated no differently than the other 12,000 rebels ([[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming Joseph's acquittal saw him carried around on a chair by a cheering crowd in triumph around the streets of Melbourne]]).


* MultinationalTeam: Considering gold rushes tend to attract aspiring miners from the world over, this is to be expected. While Australians still made the majority, and Australian secession may have been on the table if things got out of hand, the rebelling force also consisted of Americans, Canadians, Englishmen, Scots, Irish, New Zealanders, Jamaicans, Italians, Dutch. Even black Americans (such as John Joseph, one of the 13 who was tried and subsequently acquitted) were among the ranks, and were treated no differently than the other 12,000 rebels ([[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming Joseph's acquittal saw him carried around on a chair by a cheering crowd in triumph around the streets of Melbourne]]).

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* MultinationalTeam: Considering gold rushes tend to attract aspiring miners from the world over, this is to be expected. While Australians still made the majority, and Australian secession may have been on the table if things got out of hand, the rebelling force also consisted of Americans, Canadians, Englishmen, Scots, Irish, New Zealanders, Jamaicans, Italians, and Dutch. Even black Americans (such as John Joseph, one of the 13 who was tried and subsequently acquitted) were among the ranks, and were treated no differently than the other 12,000 rebels ([[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming Joseph's acquittal saw him carried around on a chair by a cheering crowd in triumph around the streets of Melbourne]]).


This event was probably one of, if not the most important event in Australian history. The mistreatment of the Victorian miners, the eventual uprising and the popular support for the rebels gave birth to a sense of identity separate from the British, and the uprising itself is considered the birth of Australian nationalism and, though this opinion is more controversial, Australian democracy. It wasn't the last time Australia nearly came into full-scale revolt, either: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1891_Australian_shearers%27_strike a simple shearer's strike]] in Queensland 37 years later may have also been the start of a major conflict had it gone any further. Today, the Eureka Flag is still flown alongside the current Australian flag, and is far and away the strongest contender for a potential new national flag. It's eagerly been adopted by Republicans and patriots, and more controversially both the far left and the far right (it's the only thing that they can agree on). To be fair, [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/8/84/Eureka_Flag.svg it's a very nice-looking flag]]. However, it's not represented in Australian media that much, which is weird because of how important it was for Australia both in the short term and in the long run.

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This event was probably one of, if not the most important event in Australian history. The mistreatment of the Victorian miners, the eventual uprising and the popular support for the rebels gave birth to a sense of identity separate from the British, and the uprising itself is considered the birth of Australian nationalism and, though this opinion is more controversial, Australian democracy. It wasn't the last time Australia nearly came into full-scale revolt, either: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1891_Australian_shearers%27_strike a simple shearer's strike]] in Queensland 37 years later may have also been the start of a major conflict had it gone any further. Today, the Eureka Flag is still flown alongside the current Australian flag, and is far and away the strongest contender for a potential new national flag. It's eagerly been adopted by Republicans and patriots, and more controversially both the far left and the far right (it's the only thing that they can agree on). To be fair, [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/8/84/Eureka_Flag.svg it's a very nice-looking flag]]. However, it's not represented in Australian media that much, which is weird because of how important it was for Australia both in the short term and in the long run.run.

!!Tropes that apply to the Eureka Rebellion:

* BlackAndWhiteMorality: Works and viewpoints of the time painted the event as such: persecuted miners going up against their corrupt government oppressors. Still persists to this day, though the racism shared amongst the miners tends to be overlooked.
* CurbStompBattle
* DoomedMoralVictor: Probably wouldn't have been doomed if they had paid more attention to their defenses
* EagleSquadron: The Independent Californian Rangers, lead by James [=McGill=], were American cavalrymen.
* FairForItsDay: ZigZagged with the miners' views on race. They had no problem with African-Americans fighting alongside them, at a time when the situation back in America wasn't the greatest. However, one of the resolutions passed by the Ballarat Reform League later implemented was the restriction of Chinese miners and immigrants.
* MultinationalTeam: Considering gold rushes tend to attract aspiring miners from the world over, this is to be expected. While Australians still made the majority, and Australian secession may have been on the table if things got out of hand, the rebelling force also consisted of Americans, Canadians, Englishmen, Scots, Irish, New Zealanders, Jamaicans, Italians, Dutch. Even black Americans (such as John Joseph, one of the 13 who was tried and subsequently acquitted) were among the ranks, and were treated no differently than the other 12,000 rebels ([[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming Joseph's acquittal saw him carried around on a chair by a cheering crowd in triumph around the streets of Melbourne]]).
* VictoriousLoser: The rebellion was crushed. The miners ended up getting what they wanted anyway.

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!!The Eureka Rebellion in popular culture:

* ''Flag of the Southern Cross'', ''Eureka (A Fragment)'', ''The Fight at Eureka Stockade'', and ''Freedom on the Wallaby'' by Henry Lawson
* ''Eureka Stockade'', one of the earliest feature films, made in 1907
* ''The Loyal Rebel'' A silent film from 1915. Considered a lost film
* ''Eureka Stockade'', a 1949 British film released in America as ''Massacre Hill''
* ''[[RuleOfThree Eureka Stockade]]'', a 1984 Australian TV miniseries.


[[caption-width-right:370:We swear by the Southern Cross to stand truly by each other, and fight to defend our rights and liberties.[[labelnote:Note]]''Swearing Allegiance to the "Southern Cross"'' by Charles Doudiet. The followup, ''Eureka Slaughter'', [[CurbStompBattle is less than glorious.]][[/labelnote]]]]

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[[caption-width-right:370:We [[caption-width-right:350:We swear by the Southern Cross to stand truly by each other, and fight to defend our rights and liberties.[[labelnote:Note]]''Swearing Allegiance to the "Southern Cross"'' by Charles Doudiet. The followup, ''Eureka Slaughter'', [[CurbStompBattle is less than glorious.]][[/labelnote]]]]



The actual affair wasn't all that much to write home about. Between 22-60 miners died and 12 were injured, while government forces only lost 6. The rest were arrested.

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The actual affair wasn't all that much to write home about. Between 22-60 miners died and 12 were injured, while government forces only lost 6. The rest were arrested. However, the rebels were treated as heroes in Melbourne, and public outcry during their trial (of the roughly 120 captured, 13 were put to trial for high treason) lead to their eventual acquittal. Hotham's Commission was finally handed down, and made note of the appalling conditions of the Victorian Goldfields. The miners' demands were met: the licenses were abolished, miner's rights were instated, export fees on gold were introduced, representation for the goldfields was granted, [[ValuesDissonance and immigration from China into the goldfields was restricted]]. In 1856, the Electoral Act was introduced, granting universal male suffrage, the first of such in Australia. Lalor and Humffray went on to become successful politicians, with Lalor as Speaker of the House in the Legislation of Victoria.

This event was probably one of, if not the most important event in Australian history. The mistreatment of the Victorian miners, the eventual uprising and the popular support for the rebels gave birth to a sense of identity separate from the British, and the uprising itself is considered the birth of Australian nationalism and, though this opinion is more controversial, Australian democracy. It wasn't the last time Australia nearly came into full-scale revolt, either: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1891_Australian_shearers%27_strike a simple shearer's strike]] in Queensland 37 years later may have also been the start of a major conflict had it gone any further. Today, the Eureka Flag is still flown alongside the current Australian flag, and is far and away the strongest contender for a potential new national flag. It's eagerly been adopted by Republicans and patriots, and more controversially both the far left and the far right (it's the only thing that they can agree on). To be fair, [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/8/84/Eureka_Flag.svg it's a very nice-looking flag]]. However, it's not represented in Australian media that much, which is weird because of how important it was for Australia both in the short term and in the long run.

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