Tuesday, 11 September 2012

  • 0845   p0    Devotions, Diaries, Roll-
  • 0855   p1    French – Bronwyn          ICDL Year 9
  • 0940   p2    Sovereign Hill Spelling Practice –  The students are to use Quizlet to practice for Friday’s spelling test
  • 1025   p3    Integrated Studies –    The causes of the Eureka Uprising-  The students are to offer suggestions as to the causes of the Eureka Rebellion.  The causes are many, but the primary source of discord was discontent.  There were a significant number of Irish miners and and many of the Scottish were mostly anti british because of the potato famines in Ireland and Scotland.  People had come from every part of Europe and America.  The Europeans were often involved in rebellions against their governments and the Americans believed in Democracy and a fair go.  All the miners were angered by Governor Latrobe’s and Governor Hotham’s heavy handed actions on the gold fields.  The Colonial government was losing money, and too many people, including the police, were abandoning their jobs and positions to search for gold.  The government thought that if they could make it difficult for people to earn a living on the gold fields, then they would return to their normal lives, and at the same time, generate income for the government.  The method they chose to do this was by allowing thugs to join the police force, and offering them half of all the fines they gathered.  This was a recipe for brutality.  The troopers were like vultures, constantly searching the diggings for miners an their licences, whilst real crime went unchecked.  Everybody but the government could see the injustice of this.  In Bendigo, the miners gathered in their thousands and signed a petition to be sent to the governor begging him to stop the harassment.  However, the Bendigo miners refused to take up arms against the government authority.  In Ballarat, however, under the fiery leadership of a Canadian and an Irish man,  and stirred up by the persuasive writing of the Italian revolutionary Carboni, the miners were ready for rebellion.  When James Scotty Scobie was murdered by the owner of the Eureka pub, the miners committed themselves to take decisive action.  There would be no turning back. The miners armed themselves, built a stockade and created a new flag which they swore an oath under.   As far as the government was concerned, this was an act of treason against the British Government, and Queen Victoria.  It took only fifteen minutes for the government forces to smash the rebellion.
  • Why the Eureka Uprising is so important in Australian History?  The Eureka Uprising plays an integral part in Australia’s history, because out of the rebellion, came a time of soul searching by those in power.  All the arrested miners were acquitted by the courts.  The people of Victoria were on the side of the miners, not the government. The British government was not happy with how the situation was handled, and what had been done to cause the problems in the first place.  An enquiry resulted in changes.  Victoria’s parliament had only been open to a few wealthy and well connected families.  However, under the changes, every man of means (and free of any criminal charges) could vote in elections, and even stand as a candidate.  It was the beginning of true democracy in Australia.  This idea steadily grew and spread to the other colonies, and eventually women were allowed to vote as well.  Sadly, it wouldn’t be until 1967 that Aboriginal people would be allowed to vote in elections.
  • 1110         RECESS
  • 1130   p4    Music – Robyn      
  • 1215   p5    Maths – Daryl
  • 1300-1340  LUNCH
  • 1340   p6    Music – Robyn
  • 1425   p7    Writing – Daryl
  • 1510  Homeroom, roll, Daryl
  • 1520 dismissal – Daryl
  • Term Three
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