161st Anniversary of the Eureka Stockade


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Thursday 3rd December, 2015 (Eureka Day)

Thursday 3rd December, 2015 (Eureka Day) marks the 161st Anniversary of the Eureka Stockade, the pivotal moment that shaped democracy in Australia.
To commemorate the occasion there will be a memorial event starting at 7.20am at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka (M.A.D.E), on the site of the Eureka Stockade with guest speaker Graeme Innes AM, former Disability Rights Commissioner.
The Eureka Anniversary coincides with the International Day for People with Disabilities and Mr Innes seemed an appropriate choice in view of M.A.D.E’s major exhibition this year Grassroots democracy: the campaign for disability rights.
Mr Innes’ speech will be screened in Federation Square and in Canberra at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.
Then at 10am Gum Loong, Ballarat’s Chinese Fortune Dragon, will parade at M.A.D.E.
It is the 20th Anniversary of Gum Loong who was built by three local primary schools – Canadian Lead, Mount Blowhard and Sebastopol with support from the Ballarat Chinese Community Association and the Ballarat China Community Committee.
Gum Loong will be in residence at M.A.D.E through until early 2017 to provide good fortune while M.A.D.E prepares for a major exhibition about the positive Chinese contribution to life on the goldfields and the building of modern Australia.
On Sunday 6th December, there will be a day of activities at M.A.D.E open to all.
The Peter Tobin Oration will be given by Eureka’s Children President, Eric Howard, at 11am, followed at 11.45am by the launch of the “Songs of Protest” quilt competition for the 20th anniversary of the Ballarat Quilters.
Historian Tony Moore, will be premiering his latest documentary “Death and Liberty” about the political prisoners that came to Australia in the mid 1800’s in the M.A.D.E theatre at 1.30pm. There will be music and a Q&A session to accompany the film.
Tickets for this event will cost $10.
“Eureka Democracy on Trial” is a scripted re-enactment of the Treason Trials
based on the original court transcripts of the trial of Timothy Hayes in 1855.
This production was filmed in the Banco Court, Supreme Court of Victoria. Cast comprised members of the Victorian bar and was produced by Bottled Snail Productions.
“Eureka Democracy on Trial” will be shown on Thursday 3 December (Eureka Day) at 2.00pm and then again on Friday 4 December and Saturday 5 December at 11.00am and 2.00pm. Runtime is 1hr 20mins.
Please visit http://made.org/whats-on/eureka-161-program-of-events/ for more information, to make bookings and to purchase tickets or call 1800 287 113.

M.A.D.E is one of Australia’s newest museums and commemorates the role of the Eureka Stockade in shaping our nation. It is located on the site of the 1854 Eureka Stockade uprising in Ballarat. M.A.D.E explores both the evolution of democracy and how it has shaped cultures and countries around the world and also looks to its future. Using art installations and immersive, interactive content, M.A.D.E inspires people to contemplate what issues are important to them today.
M.A.D.E is the winner of the 2015 MAGNA Innovation Award.
Please visit www.made.org for more information

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