- Discontent begins to brew
Irate over exorbitant license fees, English miner Laurence Potts addressed a ‘Monster Meeting’ at Forest Creek on 15 December 1851.
His speech appeared in the Argus on 19 December 1851.
- Published Source
- Quaife, G.R. (ed.), Gold and colonial society, 1851-1870, Cassell Australia, 1975. Details
TranscriptI see before me some 10,000 or 12,000 men which any country in the world might be proud to own as her sons. The very cream of Victoria, and the sinews of her strength. Now, my friends let it be seen this day whether you intend to be slaves or Britons, whether you will basely bow down your neck to the yoke, or whether like true men you will support your rights!
Created: 24 August 2006