Meet Peter FitzSimons at Orange City Library, 147 Byng, Street, Orange on Wednesday 21 November at 12.30pm. You are most welcome to bring your lunch to enjoy in the Library. He will talk about his latest book Eureka the Unfinished Revolution. Please call the Library on 6393 8132 to book your place.
In 1854, Victorian miners fought a deadly battle under the flag of the Southern Cross at the Eureka Stockade. Though brief and doomed to fail, the battle is legend in both our history and in the Australian mind. Henry Lawson wrote poems about it, its symbolic flag is still raised, and even the nineteenth-century visitor Mark Twain called it: “a strike for liberty”.
Was this rebellion a fledgling nation’s first attempt to assert its independence under colonial rule? Or was it merely rabble-rousing by unruly miners determined not to pay their taxes. In his inimitable style, Peter FitzSimons gets into the hearts and minds of those on the battlefield, and those behind the scenes, bringing to life Australian legends on both sides of the rebellion. His book would make a great Christmas gift.
Supported by Collins Booksellers, Orange.