Penny Hetherington

Rumblings on the Goldfields

These two boxes tell the stories of the happenings before the Eureka Stockade.

Box 1: On 29th November 1854, Irish born activist Peter Lalor and 12,000 diggers, met under the Southern Cross flag to protest against the Government's unfair taxes on gold licenses. Lalor rallied the miners and called for them to arm themselves for battle. As one observer stated:

" ......knelt down, the head uncovered, and with right hand pointing to the standard (flag), exclaimed in a measured tone: ‘We swear by the Southern Cross to stand truly by each other to defend our rights and liberties. A universal well-rounded Amen was the determined reply.

– Raffaello Carboni, Eureka Stockade digger

Box 2: Governor Charles Hotham prepares his troopers for battle.

Box ID
Skipton Street (Midland Hwy) & Drummond Street, Ballarat VIC
Additional Artists
Andrew Hetherington, Joy Hetherington, Racquel Hornsby

Signal Art is an initiative of Ballarat City Council managed by Urban Smart Projects.