Eureka Stockade:Charles Hotham, requesting troops from the 99th Regiment to be sent to Melbourne,

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Eureka Stockade:Charles Hotham, requesting troops from the 99th Regiment to be sent to Melbourne, is associated with Ballarat, Victoria located at these coordinates -37.5621071, 143.8561493


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This message from Lieutenant Governor Charles Hotham, dated 4 December 1854, displays his belief that the Stockaders had been routed beyond hope of resuscitation, but also emphasises the situation was not entirely secure, and requests troops be returned to guard Melbourne.

Record Citation: VPRS 1085/P Unit 8, Duplicate 162 Enclosure no. 11
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Agency: VA 466 Governor (including Lieutenant Governor 1851-1855 and Governor's Office)
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Date: 4 December 1854
Record Type: Despatch
Event Type: Trial
Language: en
Copyright URL: http://prov.vic.gov.au/copyright
Related Resource URL: http://prov.vic.gov.au/exhibitions/eureka-on-trial/aftermath
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01085-p0000-000009-0010-010-084.jpg Enclosure No 11 in Duplicate Despatch

No 162 of the 20th Decr 1854 Government Offices, Melbourne, 4th December 1854 Sir, I do myself the honor to transmit an account of an outbreak at Ballarat, which has assumed a character beyond that of an ordinary riot, and rendered it necessary for me to direct the Major General, to move all his available

His Excellency Sir W. Denison &c &c &c


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01085-p0000-000009-0010-010-084v.jpg available force to that gold field.

The insurgents are principally foreigners, well drilled, and said to be well commanded. They have been as you will perceive completely routed, and may I hope now be discouraged from assembling again in force. But with the numerous gold fields, and the uncertain population which inhabit them,


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01085-p0000-000009-0010-010-085.jpg it is impossible to say from hour to hour, whether disaffection may not show itself in some other quarter.

And I am therefore obliged to request that you will allow as many companies of the 99th Regiment as can be spared to proceed to Melbourne forthwith, bringing with them any available field pieces. I regret Official Despatches


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01085-p0000-000009-0010-010-085v.jpg Despatches from Ballarat not having arrived; I am led to fear they have been interrupted, but I see no reason to doubt the truth of the accompanying statement.

The conduct of the insurgents is the less to be upheld inasmuch as they were aware that a commission had been named, composed of gentlemen favourable to the mining interests, for


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01085-p0000-000009-0010-010-086.jpg for the avowed purpose of inquiring into the whole administration of law on the gold fields, but instead of waiting for the report, they flew to arms, because I refused to release the three prisoners who had been convicted of taking part in burning the Eureka Hotel.

I have the honor to be Sir, Your most obed Servt (Signed) Chas. Hotham

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