Learn more about the history of the Eureka Stockade Gardens
The Eureka Stockade Gardens are National Heritage Listed 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 its ground.
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.
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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 Miner's Right, which also gave miners the right to vote. Various other political changes were achieved, helping the process of democratising colonial government in Victoria and more widely the Australian colonies. The Eureka Stockade uprising is part of the national experience.