Eureka Stockade:Meeting of Diggers in Bendigo

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Eureka Stockade:Meeting of Diggers in Bendigo is associated with Ballarat, Victoria located at these coordinates -37.5621071, 143.8561493

This document written by Inspector Lyttleton of Sandhurst on 16 October 1854 for the information of the Acting Chief Commissioner in Melbourne reports on the events of a meeting of local diggers. Although Lyttleton considers the meeting to be of little importance 'at present', it indicates that the Police in Melbourne were keen to be kept up-to-date on the movements and intentions of agitators on all Victorian goldfields: particularly if there was talk of armed resistance to the licence hunts, as the placards described in this report would suggest.

Record Citation: VPRS 1189 Inward Registered Correspondence I, P0 Unit 153, J54/11743
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Agency: VA 856 Colonial Secretary's Office
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Date: 1854/10/16
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Event Type: Political Meeting
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01189-p0000-000153-0140-010-001.jpg J 54/11.743 Date 20 Oct

Regd 24 Oct 1854 J 54/11.743

15/10/54 Acting C.C Police forwards letter from Inspector Lyttleton reporting a meeting of the Diggers at Sandhurst – for agitating the abolition of the Licence fee

Put away? 24/10/54

Yes – Sir C. H has marked it “Read” JM

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Inspectors Office, Sandhurst. Octr 16/54

Sir, I have the honor to inform you that a public meeting took place here on Saturday for the purpose of agitating the abolition of the Licence Fee. Mr S. Sub Inspector Winch attended and informs me that everything was conducted quietly, and with the exception of the language used by a man named Wale, nothing intemperate or violent was said.

Some written placards have been placed on the Trees containing the following words. “Diggers instead of carrying to your claims your licences, carry your revolver to protect yourselves against Official Ruffianism”

I make this report not from any consideration that the matter is one of importance at present, but I believe it is your wish that I should inform you –

To the Acting Chief Commissioner of Police, Melbourne

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