Title: Soldiers Bleed Too – Redcoats at the Eureka Stockade 1854

Author: Smith, Neil AM (Lieutenant-Colonel)

Condition: Very Good

Edition: 1st Edition

Publication Date: 2004

ISBN: 1876179627

Cover: Soft Cover without Dust Jacket – 61 pages

Comments: The detailed history of the Redcoats who fought the miners at the Eureka Stockade in 1854 – a great reference for people researching the Eureka Stockade and the military involvement there.

The Eureka Stockade of 1854 was an organised rebellion by gold miners which occurred at Eureka Lead in Ballarat, Victoria, Australia. The Battle of Eureka Stockade (by which the rebellion is popularly known) was fought on 3 December 1854 and named for the stockade structure erected by miners during the conflict. Resulting in the deaths of 22 miners, it was the most significant conflict in the colonial history of Victoria.

The event was the culmination of civil disobedience in the Ballarat region during the Victorian gold rush with miners objecting to the expense of a Miner’s Licence, taxation (via the licence) without representation and the actions of the government and its agents (the police and military). The local rebellion in Ballarat grew from a Ballarat Reform League movement and culminated in organised battle at the stockades against colonial forces.

Mass public support for the captured ‘rebels’ in the colony’s capital of Melbourne when they were placed on trial resulted in the introduction of full white male suffrage for elections for the lower house in the Victorian parliament. The Eureka Rebellion is controversially identified with the birth of democracy in Australia and interpreted by some as a political revolt.