Riot at Ballaarat. Report of the Board… together with the Evidence taken by the Board…. EUREKA STOCKADE, PARLIAMENT OF VICTORIA.
Riot at Ballaarat. Report of the Board… together with the Evidence taken by the Board…
Riot at Ballaarat. Report of the Board… together with the Evidence taken by the Board…

Riot at Ballaarat. Report of the Board… together with the Evidence taken by the Board…
Riot at Ballaarat. Report of the Board… together with the Evidence taken by the Board…

Melbourne: John Ferres, Government Printer, 21 November 1854.

Foolscap folio, xv, 22 pp., in a good recent binding of half morocco, gilt lettering.

Printed a fortnight prior to the Eureka Stockade

A fundamental report relating to Ballarat and the Eureka Stockade: this government report on the events which led to the burning down of the Eureka Hotel prints testimony by key figures including Peter Lalor and Frederick Vern.

A fundamental report relating to Ballarat and the Eureka Stockade: this government report on the events which led to the burning down of the Eureka Hotel prints testimony by key figures including Peter Lalor and Frederick Vern.

The report is dated 21 November 1854, just two weeks before the battle of the Eureka Stockade on 3 December, and prints the testimony of more than fifty witnesses examined under oath at Bath's Hotel in Ballarat between 2-10 November. Their testimony spoke to widespread corruption and abuse of power by police at Ballarat and the goldfields (especially relating to the sale of sly grog), and also includes accusations regarding the burning of the Eureka Hotel and the murder of James Scobie, incidents that led directly to the uprising.

The final appendix to the report prints the statement of the police magistrate John Dewes, denying allegations he received bribes from Mr. Bentley, owner of the Eureka hotel. Nonetheless, Lieutenant Governor Sir Charles Hotham ordered Dewes be immediately dismissed for corrupt practices and that criminal proceedings commence against Sergeant Major Thomas Milne.

Price (AUD): $1,425.00  other currencies Ref: #4504385

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