In 1854, Victorian miners fought a deadly battle under the flag of the Southern Cross at the Eureka Stockade. Though brief and doomed to fail, the battle is legend in both our history and in the Australian mind. Henry Lawson wrote poems about it, its symbolic flag is still raised, and even the nineteenth-century visitor Mark Twain called it: "a strike for liberty". Was this rebellion a fledgling nation’s first attempt to assert its independence under colonial rule? Or was it merely rabble-rousing by unruly miners determined not to pay their taxes?
In his inimitable style, Peter FitzSimons gets into the hearts and minds of those on the battlefield, and those behind the scenes, bringing to life Australian legends on both sides of the rebellion.
©2012 Peter FitzSimons (P)2012 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
An accurate and entertaining retelling of a defining era of Australian History. An in depth and fascinating look at Australia's Gold Rush era and all the trials and tribulations that came with it before the unpleasant circumstances unfold in what was a poignant moment in Australia's short history. The narration is fantastic. Enthusiastic yet easy to listen to, with his accents and occasional drama in his voice make you feel like you're actually there.
A brilliant audiobook of a brilliant piece of writing.
A truly wonderful book, both historically and as a story. I'm sure I will listen to it again. Politically the events changed Australia and the courage of both the diggers along with some editors of newspapers is humbling.
The fact that power can corrupt is demonstrated in events which took place during these years in the Colony, though many in authority also shone as examples of honesty, courage and decency.
I would urge Schools to use this valuable writing (along with the audio) in their History lessons today.
The narrator adds greatly to the wonder of the book by his obvious love of the story, many of the characters and the varied English dialects.
Fantastic book. A book of this length delivered in an audio format is hard for me to stay connected to but the reading was so good that it was easy to follow. I will definitely get more books with the same author and reader combo. Well done Fitzsimons, another masterpiece.
What an amazing story which should be listened to by every Australian. A story I would unlikely have read but via audible I was able to digest, become fully engrossed and fully appreciate the moment and movement that was Eureka. Thank you P Fitzsimons for taking the time to craft this story.
I thoroughly enjoyed this audio book. It really put my ideas and wonders in place. I didn't really know the full story of the Eureka Uprising and what happened from the build up and beyond. The narrator put me there, in Ballarat and respect those gallant diggers more so now than I ever did before. I truly felt their pain. Thankyou
Well written account of this inspiring story.
For the most part I enjoyed the narration but the experience was somewhat spoiled by the narrator's poor attempts to mimic the accents of the characters.
All-in-all still one of my favourites.
~Get Plastered with Pez
Thank you @Peter_Fitz , What a fantastic, well written book, loved it.
My 1st ebook experience, with the dulcet tones of Robert, reading has never been more enjoyable. Peter, my Dad was a Rat & your Tobruk book was equally captivating. I am looking forward to reading Gallipoli as I received it as a gift for Xmas.
Love your work.
"A masterful piece of storytelling"
As an Englishman born and Australian by choice I had heard of this story but never knew much about it. Peter Fitzsimmons does an excellent telling of a story that defines Australia,
Does the story great justice in the telling
Peter Fitzsimmons books are well worth being in many book libraries. He leads in telling stories with immense detail.
"Give the diggers a go!"
I really enjoyed this book, mostly because i consider myself an australian patriot. And because the history of australian democracy just well might have been a boring story, if it wasn't for the union of hard done by gold diggers standing up against the incompetent brittish governor of victoria, the unfair treatment of diggers and the ludicrous gold licence fees. The savage brutality of the red coats is absolutely appalling. A good book for any one interested in the facts of the bloody eureka stockade.
Another great book by peter fitzsimons
"All Australian should read"
gave me and insight into why it happened something that is not told as a kid growing up.
"A gentle telling"
History told through the eyes of people. This book gives a solid understanding and a genuine sympathy for all those involved. Not a stuffy list of dates and facts, or a caricature of good Vs. bad.
"inspirational in political meaning."
Inspirational for those who cherish the struggles and victories of people willing to sacrifice for liberty and egalitarian justice.
Fitzsimons unlocks the past concerning the Eureka Stockdale and the development of democracy in Australia in a thoroughly inspiring way. This book makes one feel proud to be an Aussie.
"History for all young Australains"
This is one of the best audio books I have listened to. Detailed history I never new existed. A must for all aged though
True Aussie history
Australian history told by an Australian and Australian way
Just as good as all the others
Great book written by great author told by great narrator
"Golden moments in time"
Pretty much near the top of any FitzSimons book I've listened to so far
I live within an hour of Ballarat so to hear a lot of names that still survive and feature in the region was great. Another well researched piece of history on and about the effects on early society
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