The Eureka Stockade Gardens are of outstanding National Heritage Listed value to the nation for their association with the Eureka Stockade Rebellion of 3 December 1854.
The place has outstanding heritage value to the nation because of its potential to yield archaeological evidence of the rebellion of 1854. The Eureka Lead, the auriferous deposit being worked by the diggers at the time of the rebellion, is also located under the place.
The goldminers’ revolt against the goldfields administration, and particularly the lives lost as a result of the insurrection, is a crucial event in Australia’s political and social history. The rebellion was motivated by discontent with the mining licence, which the diggers claimed was taxation without representation and a tax upon labour. More generally, the uprising was underpinned by a desire for fair treatment for all, and an egalitarian spirit which pervaded the goldfields. The rebellion led to fairer legislation for the goldfields with the licence replaced by the cheaper Miners Right, which also gave the vote to miners. Various other political changes were achieved, helping the process of democratizing colonial government in Victoria and more widely the Australian colonies. The Eureka Stockade uprising is part of the national experience. Except for Indigenous resistance to colonial dominance, rebellion has been a rare occurrence in Australia’s European history. Eureka in Victoria, Castle Hill/Vinegar Hill in NSW, First Government House site (Rum Rebellion) in NSW, and Norfolk Island are the major sites of significant uprisings against government authority (as distinct from places of riot or resistance, against non-government entities, such as the Barcaldine Shearers Strike Camp, Wave Hill, the ‘Battle of Brisbane’ site etc). While there is little or no above-ground evidence of the event that took place at Ballarat, and while the exact location is not agreed upon, the Eureka Stockade Gardens are of outstanding heritage value to the nation for their association with this uncommon and highly significant event in the nation’s past.
The home of MADE (Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka)
M.A.D.E is Australia’s newest museum dedicated to democracy. It opened on 4 May 2013 and has 1,000's of visitors through its doors.
M.A.D.E's foundations are the physical site of the Eureka Stockade and the spirit of the uprising. The role of the 1854 Eureka Stockade in shaping our nation has long been celebrated with local commemorations and memorials. M.A.D.E is designed to harness the profound Eureka story in the context of the 21st century.