The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka by Clare Wright

Reviewed by
February 2014, no. 358
Scotching the fantasy

The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka

by Clare Wright

Text Publishing, $45 hb, 556 pp, 9781922147370

The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka by Clare Wright

Reviewed by
February 2014, no. 358

As the smoke cleared over the ruins of the Eureka Stockade on 5 December 1854, a male diarist observed that a woman was among those ‘mercilessly butchered’ by troopers and police. According to her descendants, Catherine Smith was another casualty, shot by soldiers and dead three weeks later. In the 1880s a female correspondent to the Ballarat Star also claimed to have been among the wounded. This woman was not one of the twenty-seven-odd civilians killed; nor was she among the unknown number who later died from their injuries. Yet still soldiers shot at her as she fled, and she was lucky to escape alive.

Scotching the fantasy

The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka

by Clare Wright

Text Publishing, $45 hb, 556 pp, 9781922147370

You May Also Like

Leave a comment

If you are an ABR subscriber, you will need to sign in to post a comment.

If you have forgotten your sign in details, or if you receive an error message when trying to submit your comment, please email your comment (and the name of the article to which it relates) to ABR Comments. We will review your comment and, subject to approval, we will post it under your name.

Please note that all comments must be approved by ABR and comply with our Terms & Conditions.