Victoria was at the forefront of the world-wide democratic government movement. Victoria was the first place in the world where voting was carried out in secret and Victorian women led the world in the movement for equal rights.
Eureka describes the movement for justice and democratic rights that led to bloodshed at the Eureka Stockade in Ballarat in 1854. Key documents, including the Ballarat Reform League Charter and a poster calling for the fateful meeting at Bakery Hill can be found. By viewing original documents (such as the Bakery Hill poster and the Eureka Treason Trial map) you will discover how the gold miners of the 1850s helped to shape Victoria’s democratic future.
What was the role of the governors? What was the impact of separation from NSW, the introduction of the Secret Ballot, and the Women’s Suffrage movement in Victoria?
On display for a limited time: the Female Sufferage Petition tabled in the Victorian Parliament, 1891. For more on the petition, see this video at Arts Victoria.
Find out more at Public Record Office Victoria.