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Vol 23 No 2 Feb/March 2018

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The UK Supreme Court Yearbook Volume 8: 2016-2017 Legal Year

Edited by: Daniel Clarry
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Eureka: Australia’s Greatest Story

Edited by: David Headon, John Uhr

ISBN13: 9781760020453
Published: January 2016
Publisher: The Federation Press
Country of Publication: Australia
Format: Paperback
Price: £23.99

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The editors of this book boldly proclaim that Eureka is Australia’s ‘greatest story’, and they have gathered together some of our country’s finest historians to prosecute the case. Collectively, they compile a strong argument.

In the late 19th century that acute American observer, Mark Twain, called the Ballarat rebellion ‘the finest thing in Australasian history’ and, like all such milestone moments in any country’s expanding tale, Eureka challenges because of the sheer number of interpretations that have been imposed upon it, both before Twain and after.

During the sesquicentenary year of Eureka, 2004, one journalist rightly observed that Eureka ‘is not so much history as many versions of history’. The question of who ‘owns’ the Eureka story is destined never to be answered, but one thing is certain: the superb Charter of Bakery Hill, an irresistible sequence of goldfield events leading to tragedy, a cast of characters drawn straight from a classic novel, violence and murder on an early Sabbath morning in December 1854, and a never-ending aftermath that arguably has had more energy within it in the 20th and 21st centuries than it had in the 19th – these extraordinary elements of a grand narrative will forever stimulate the Australian imagination.

Eureka: Australia’s Greatest Story is certain to stoke the fires.

Legal History, Other Jurisdictions , Australia
David Headon and John Uhr
1. Remembering the Eureka Stockade
John Molony
2. ‘A Victory Won by a Lost Battle’: What Eureka Means to Australians Today
Andrew Leigh and TW Gibbings
3. The Eureka Legacy: Conserving Core Principles
John Uhr
4. ‘The Next Throb of Outraged Humanity’: Australia in a Revolutionary Age
Clare Wright
5. America, Young America and Eureka
David Headon
6. ‘Who Are the Traitors?’: Rethinking the Eureka Stockade
Paul Pickering
7. Eureka Britannia: Civic Republicanism and the Politics of Rebellion in the British World
Benjamin T Jones
8. The Oath Beneath the Southern Cross
James Warden
9. Crowning Points of Fire: Some Poems and Songs of Eureka
Jeff Brownrigg
10. Eureka in the 1980s
Frank Bongiorno
11. Contested Museum Memories of Eureka
Anne Beggs-Sunter
Appendix: The Literature of Eureka – A Selection
Notes on Contributors