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The Eureka Stockade was Australia’s answer to the Boston Tea Party, to the French people’s storming of the Bastille. It was the moment when the diggers sense of outraged justice united them into a force that changed the course of Australian history.
It is considered a great Australian legend, and one that has enormous resonance in the 21st Century as Australians continue to discuss what our formal relationship with Britain, United States and other imperial powers should be.
Karl Marx followed it closely and wrote about it extensively, while Mark Twain described it as “the finest thing in Australasian history”. It was a revolution – small in size, but great politically; it was a strike for liberty, a struggle for principle, a stand against injustice and oppression.”
Peter FitzSimons – brings the whole story to life in his trademark fashion, making the reader feel like they’re there, as the mighty Eureka flag is first raised and rebels swear allegiance to it; as the British red-coats first launch their attack, as the digger-rebels fight back in kind.
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Published by Random House, Peter Fitzsimons book is available in hardback and for e-readers.