The Eureka Stockade was Australia's answer to the Boston Tea Party, to the French people's storming of the Bastille. It was the moment when the diggers sense of outraged justice united them into a force that changed the course of Australian history.
It is the greatest Australian legend outside of war-time, and one that has enormous resonance in the 21st Century as Australians continue to discuss what our formal relationship with Britain should be. Karl Marx followed it closely and wrote about it extensively, while Mark Twain described it as "the finest thing in Australasian history. It was a revolution - small in size; but great politically; it was a strike for liberty, a struggle for principle, a stand against injustice and oppression."
Peter FitzSimons - brings the whole story to life in his trademark fashion, making the reader feel like they're there, as the mighty Eureka flag is first raised and rebels swear allegiance to it; as the British red-coats first launch their attack, as the digger-rebels fight back in kind.
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Peter Fitzsimons certainly manages to bring the history of Australia in the 1850's alive like it was yesterday. Setting the scene from the first discovery of gold in NSW right through to the fallout from the Eureka Stockade.The story is told with an immediacy as if it were unfolding as you read. The research which has gone into the book is clearly from a broad range of sources including government papers, newspapers, personal diaries and family memories passed down to descendants. At times the story jumps around a little as the author attempts to include information from different sources to tell the one story.An extensive Epilogue gives information about the lives and fates of all the main characters of the story after the event. I found the Epilogue almost as interesting as the main story with some tragedy, some irony and some comeuppance. The author is not backward in making his own personal views about the events of Eureka, the Eureka flag the future of an Australian Republic known.
I listened to the audio recording read by Robert Meldrum whilst driving around town and travelling.The accents and character of the people in the story are consistently well reproduced.
This was my first Peter Fitzsimons book and I will certainly be reading some more.
Format: Audio CD
Published: 1st November 2012
Weight (kg): 0.5