My family were goldminers, so I thought 'wouldn't it be interesting to get the miners clog dancing?' Story-wise I based it on my home town of Ballarat where there was a revolt of miners in the mid-19th century, known as the Eureka Stockade
. So the concept is a clog dance battle between the miners and the soldiers.
| WHEN was the Eureka Stockade
rebellion of Australian miners?
In which country did the Eureka Stockade
incident happen in 1854?
Agitation for more representative forms of government in the colony began shortly after white colonisation, and the Eureka Stockade
was perhaps the zenith of this sentiment.
It concentrates on the life of the diggers rather than the politics of the time such as the miners' protests and the Eureka Stockade
. The themes cover the voyage out and its dangers, getting to the diggings, what made a successful digger, the multicultural life of the diggings, food and shelter, night life, holidays and entertainment, women and children on the diggings, mining disasters in particular the flooding of the New Australasian mine at Creswick in 1882 when 22 miners lost their lives, and the visit of Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh, to Ballarat in December 1867.
36: The film Eureka Stockade
is based on a historical incident in which country?
Today's action is at Downpatrick where course bumper-winner Eureka Stockade
, given a kind introduction to hurdling at Kilbeggan last time, is napped to land the opening Coca Cola Maiden Hurdle for in-form champion-jockey Ruby Walsh and trainer Micky Flynn.
Essential for those who collect material on the Eureka Stockade
The other challenges of the digitisation process included producing accurate images of realia (or 3-D objects) from the Library's collection, such as the 1731 Cushee hand-coloured globe mounted on mahogany stand, Mrs Macquarie's earrings, the only known complete original convict uniform in Australia, an 1845 patchwork quilt made by Aboriginal children in Western Australia, a portion of the flag flown by the miners at the Eureka Stockade
, and a cast of Henry Lawson's hand from 1919.
One of Australia's foundation myths is the Eureka Stockade
: an episode 150 years ago this month, when prospectors lured to Ballarat by remarkable finds of gold objected to the demands of the Victoria state governor and took up arms against his troopers.
The show's admittedly spectacular staging, its well chosen cast and the commemorative value of 2004 as the 150th anniversary of the "nation-building" Eureka Stockade
rebellion may initially draw sizable auds Down Under.