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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

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Australian history which put me to sleep

Great history but the book could have been condensed into the last half to be honest.

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A real keeper.

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.

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  • Ash
  • 04-02-2016

Fantastic

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.

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More Than a History Lesson

If you buy this book to learn the history of the Eureka Stockade, then that is what you will get, and so much more. The audio performance does not match the oratory skills of the author. The accents are wrong and continually distract from the story. The story itself has been significantly embellished with additional content and again this distracts from the story. whilst you will learn the story, you could have learnt in a much shorter book.

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Lively Review of the Eureka Rebellion

Highlights the importance of this event in the history of Australian and Western democracy and brings the characters involved in the uprising to life.

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The Great works of Peter Fitzsimmons on an important part of our history.

Great book as usual from Peter. Pity it’s not taught in school it it’s true form and not glossed over in one hour. Good one Peter!

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informative read

great audio book that gave alot of background to all those historical names and places. That are well known in Australia, but little more than the big events. this was a great book, very informative and enjoyable. I recommend it. if you are interested in Australian heritage.

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A must read by every Australian

A brilliant account of one of Australia’s greatest events that defines who we are today.

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Must read for all Aussies

Loved this book. Learnt a lot and was entertaining at the same time. Win Win

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Fantastic read

A great read. Well researched and worth the time. Australian just that should be far more widely appreciated.

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  • Garry
  • 21-04-2013

A masterful piece of storytelling

What did you love best about Eureka?

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,

What did you like best about this story?

Great Characters

What about Robert Meldrum’s performance did you like?

Does the story great justice in the telling

Any additional comments?

Peter Fitzsimmons books are well worth being in many book libraries. He leads in telling stories with immense detail.

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  • jason
  • 12-04-2013

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

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  • deon
  • 15-01-2013

All Australian should read

What made the experience of listening to Eureka the most enjoyable?

gave me and insight into why it happened something that is not told as a kid growing up.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

yes

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  • Travis
  • 11-03-2013

fantastic

What made the experience of listening to Eureka the most enjoyable?

True Aussie history

What did you like best about this story?

Australian history told by an Australian and Australian way

Have you listened to any of Robert Meldrum’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Just as good as all the others

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes

Any additional comments?

Great book written by great author told by great narrator

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  • Mr
  • 24-01-2013

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.

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  • Henry
  • 05-06-2016

inspirational in political meaning.

Inspirational for those who cherish the struggles and victories of people willing to sacrifice for liberty and egalitarian justice.

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  • Lionel Letcher
  • 13-04-2016

Valuable

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.

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  • David Willmot
  • 27-09-2013

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

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  • Sandy
  • 16-08-2014

Golden moments in time

Where does Eureka rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Pretty much near the top of any FitzSimons book I've listened to so far

What did you like best about this story?

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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