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Eureka

Eureka

Australia’s Greatest Story

Edited by David Headon and John Uhr

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The editors of this book boldly proclaim that Eureka is Australia’s ‘greatest story’, and they have gathered together some of our country’s finest historians to prosecute the case. Collectively, they compile a strong argument. In the late 19th century that acute American observer, Mark Twain, called the Ballarat rebellion ‘the finest thing in Australasian history’ and, like all such milestone moments in any country’s expanding tale, Eureka challenges because of the sheer number of interpretations that have been imposed upon it, both before Twain and after. During the sesquicentenary year of Eureka, 2004, one journalist rightly observed that Eureka ‘is not so much history as many versions of history’. The question of who ‘owns’ the Eureka story is destined never to be answered, but one thing is certain: the superb Charter of Bakery Hill, an irresistible sequence of goldfield events leading to tragedy, a cast of characters drawn straight from a classic novel, violence and murder on an early Sabbath morning in December 1854, and a never-ending aftermath that arguably has had more energy within it in the 20th and 21st centuries than it had in the 19th – these extraordinary elements of a grand narrative will forever stimulate the Australian imagination. Eureka: Australia’s Greatest Story is certain to stoke the fires.


CONTENTS

Introduction
About the Editors
Notes on Contributors
List of Illustrations

1.  Remembering the Eureka Stockade
              John Molony

2.  ‘A Victory Won by a Lost Battle’: What Eureka Means to Australians Today
              Andrew Leigh and TW Gibbings

3.  The Eureka Legacy: Conserving Core Principles
              John Uhr

4.  ‘The Next Throb of Outraged Humanity’: Australia in a Revolutionary Age
              Clare Wright

5.  America, Young America and Eureka
              David Headon

6.  ‘Who are the Traitors?’: Rethinking the Eureka Stockade
              Paul Pickering

7.  Eureka Britannia: Civic Republicanism and the Politics of Rebellion in the British World
              Benjamin T Jones

8.  The Oath Beneath the Southern Cross
              James Warden

9.  Crowning Points of Fire: Some Poems and Songs of Eureka
              Jeff Brownrigg

10. Eureka in the 1980s
              Frank Bongiorno

11.  Contested Museum Memories of Eureka
              Anne Beggs-Sunter

The Literature of Eureka – A Selection

Notes 
Index


REVIEWS

This is a book for those with an interest in Australian history and for those tired of reading boring stamp duty cases, tax cases and the like. … The work is well indexed and footnoted. It is of moderate length at 203 pages and contains some interesting illustrations as well as recent photographs including one of Whitlam QC posing with a Eureka Flag alongside (who will ever forget) Al Grassby denoted as “A Friend of the Flag”. … Make a note in your diary to obtain a copy. Read full review...

Michael Campbell, Hearsay, August 2016, 76

   

Published 26 November 2015
Publisher The Federation Press
Paperback/224pp
ISBN 9781760020453
Australian RRP $29.95
International Price $27.23
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