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    Ballarat Reform League Charter, 11 November 1854, courtesy of Public Record Office Victoria, Victorian Archives Centre.

Ballarat Reform League

The Ballarat Reform League was formed as a result of diggers' agitation in 1854 on behalf of the Eureka Hotel rioters. At a meeting attended by thousands of diggers on 11 December, J.B. Hummfray was elected President of the League, and the editor of the Diggers' Advocate, George Black, was its secretary.

The enduring legacy of this group is the Ballarat Reform League Charter, which was presented to Lieutenant-Governor Hotham following the 11 November meeting.

Reflecting the Ballarat Reform League's contribution to the history of the development of democracy in Victoria, the Charter is now included on the Australian Memory of the World Register.

Cate Elkner