Archived Events Program of Eureka Commermoration 2007


Eureka 153rd Annual Commemoration & Celebration Ballarat, 29 Nov - 3 Dec 2007


Thursday 29 Nov

2 pm

Raising the Eureka Flag at Bakery Hill

7 pm

Launch of the Eureka 2007 Eureka Commemoration and Celebration at Regent Theatre. Movie “Eureka Stockade” starring Chips Rafferty, by invitation only.

Friday 30 Nov

9 am - 3.30 pm

Eureka Schools Day at Eureka Centre

Bob Allen will facilitate a range of student activities and workshops

3.30 - 4 pm

Civic Reception for Mairtin O’Fainin – Irish Ambassador at the Town Hall. Entertainment by Irish Dance Group and musicians

7.30 pm

Annual (ESMA) Eureka Lecture  The Speaker is Prof. Western Bate at Aquinas Catholic University. Sponsored by Eureka Stockade Memorial Assoc, Aquinas University and Ballarat University

Saturday 1 Dec

12 pm

Eureka Graves Ceremony Includes the Peter Tobin Oration to be delivered by Ron Egeberg, at Old Ballarat Cemetery.

2 pm - 4 pm

Diggers' March from Bakery Hill to the Eureka Stockade.

The re–enactment of the Diggers' March from Bakery Hill to the Eureka Stockade on the 30th November 1854 will recall all the significant events surrounding the Eureka uprising. Points of historic interest will be brought to life along the march route, by the presentations of Eric Howard, President of Eureka’s Children, Mairtin O’Fainin-Irish Ambassador and Val D’Angri. Students of St. Alipius school will present tableaus that will interact with these presentations.


The March will arrive at the Stockade Monument at 3.30 pm concluding with an address by historian John Ireland concerning the Monster meetings in Melbourne, the Trials and the political consequences of Eureka.


After the March there will be a B-B-Cue in the Reserve and in the Hall a Display in images and word by St. Alipius School telling of their school’s ongoing connection to the story of Eureka.


Download details of the Diggers' March


Download site Commentary of Diggers' March

Sunday 2 Dec

7 am

Eureka Dawn Oration with guest speaker Rod Quantok at  Eureka (Reserve) Monument with Campfire Breakfast


9 am

Eureka Mass at St. Alipius Church, Victoria Street.

The service, a first, will commemorate the strong connection the Church and School had with early life on the goldfields as well as its links to the Eureka Stockade event. Afterwards, people are invited to the Church hall for a cuppa and to hear a presentation from Mairtin O’Fainin – Irish Ambassador



Eureka Grave Site Remembrance at Old Ballarat Cemetery and then Lunch at Eureka Reserve. Organised by the Connolly Association, a Republican Group that has been commemorating Eureka in Ballarat continuously for the last 45 years


12 - 3.30 pm

Annual Eureka Luncheon organised by ESMA, at Colonist Club in Lydiard St with Guest Speaker Mairtin O’Fainin, the Irish Ambassador.

Special Award: City of Ballarat Illuminated Scroll: John Morgan (Posthumously). Cost $50, Contact Kerry Kearney 0408466965


11 am - 4 pm

Eureka Family Day at the Stockade Gardens. Contact: 5333 1854 Bring along a picnic to the lawn behind the Eureka Centre for a family day of free music and entertainment.



Frank Callahan's One Man Band


Band TBC


Blinky Bill


The Australian Irish Dance Company


Entertainers Anonymous


Chelsea Donoghue and Georgia Grant


(2007 City of Ballarat Young Citizens of the Year)


There will also be a variety of Kids' Activities


9 am - 5 pm

Eureka Centre and Ballarat Fine Art Gallery free Open Day.

Visit the Eureka Centre and experience the drama of the Eureka Rebellion. At the Ballarat Fine Art Gallery, house of Australia’s largest and oldest regional public art collections, you can view the original Eureka Flag in its special gallery


Monday 3 Dec

9 am - 5 pm

Eureka Day Eureka Centre and Ballarat Fine Art Gallery - Free