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Peach’s Gold – Eureka (1983)


From Clunes to Warrandyte, from Buninyong to Ballarat, men came from all over the country and from every corner of the globe to try their luck as diggers on the fabulous goldfields of 19th century Victoria. Their sense of outrage at the heavy-handed tactics of the authorities in searching out men without a gold licence was the origin of the Eureka Stockade, the event that almost triggered a civil war on the goldfields of Australia.

Curator’s notes

The 1850s were just a half a century too early for film footage so this important moment in Australia’s history is recorded in drawings, cartoons and lithographs, with newspapers and magazines headlining the events of the day. It was an era when people kept diaries and sent copious letters which are now the source of eyewitness information about those far-off but eventful times. This series exploits all these sources for its vibrant retelling of the history, while Bill Peach appears from time to time to explain and analyse. This makes for great history despite the somewhat dated filming style making it appear slow and a little old-fashioned.