- A call to arms
Peter Lalor recalls speaking for the first time to a mass meeting of miners at Bakery Hill just prior to Eureka.
This first appeared in the Argus newspaper, 10 April 1855.
- Published Source
- Blake, Les, Peter Lalor: the man from Eureka, Neptune Press, Belmont, 1979. Details
TranscriptI had never attempted to speak in public but once, and that was on the previous day, I looked around me, I saw brave and honest men who had come thousands of miles to labour for independence…who could possess wealth and happiness if allowed to cultivate the wilderness that surrounded us. The grievances under which we had long suffered … flashed across my mind, and, with the burning feelings of an injured man, I mounted the stump and proclaimed ‘LIBERTY!’
Created: 24 August 2006