Claims for Compensation. Ballaarat. Copies of petitions from certain persons claiming compensation for losses occasioned by the riots at Ballaarat. EUREKA STOCKADE, PARLIAMENT OF VICTORIA.

Claims for Compensation. Ballaarat…
Claims for Compensation. Ballaarat. Copies of petitions from certain persons claiming compensation for losses occasioned by the riots at Ballaarat.

Melbourne: John Ferres, Government Printer, 25th January, 1856.

Folio, 24 pp., disbound from stab-sewn volume.

"Innocent casualties of the ambush".

A printed collection of 19 claims for compensation for property destroyed in the ambush upon the Eureka Stockade and violence of the ensuing days.

A printed collection of 19 claims for compensation for property destroyed in the ambush upon the Eureka Stockade and violence of the ensuing days.
The language of the claimants is strong, charging the police and militia with wanton and unlawful destruction of private property. Most of the 19 applicants in this report maintain a respectful distance from the protest movement, asserting themselves as innocent casualties of the ambush on the Stockade.
The first claim, being that of storekeeper Patrick Curtain, is representative of common grievances. His store was burnt to the ground during the melee containing a sizeable and varied stock of goods. From the testimonial of his attorney we learn that Curtain had intended to sell his wares and return home from the goldfields; furthermore, he recently purchased property in the suburbs of Ballarat using his then existing stock as a surety for payment in full.
Tragically, when Curtain lost his store he defaulted on payment for the land which was foreclosed by the owners. Not surprisingly, his claim for £1267 in compensation from the Government is considerable. The report includes a detailed itemised list of all goods destroyed. Interestingly, Curtain claims his 'account book with debts becoming due' to the value of £315 towards his claim (presumably this was a ledger signed by his debtors). Here one man's misfortune became another's blessing for the disaster that plunged Curtain and his family into poverty must have emancipated other diggers from significant debts incurred at his store.

Price (AUD): $300.00  other currencies     Ref: #4106198

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