- Riot looks like revolution
In a despatch to Earl Grey late in 1854, Governor Hotham justified his hard-line reaction to the events that led to the Eureka Stockade.
- 20 December 1854
- Published Source
- Further Papers Relative to the Recent Discovery of Gold in Australia, British Parliamentary Papers, 1855. Details
Transcript… by the most energetic measures order must be restored, and property maintained: a riot was rapidly growing into a revolution … Within another month, the commission now visiting the gold fields will have made their report, and by that I hope to be able to abide: but so long as a law, however obnoxious and unpopular it may be, remains in force, obedience must be rendered or government is at an end.
Created: 24 August 2006