Eureka: Reclaiming the Southern Cross

 

Every generation brings the past into the present as it reckons with issues of identity and belonging. The role of symbols becomes critical, and in Australia perhaps no symbol has had more claimants than the Southern Cross.

Dr Anne Beggs-Sunter is a historian and academic specialising in the history of Ballarat. She takes us through the 1854 miners' rebellion on the Victorian goldfields, where the Eureka flag was first raised.

What do people miss about this story? Can the Eureka Stockade be retold in an inclusive way? Is it time to reclaim the Southern Cross from far-right supremacists?

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Fatima MeashamFatima Measham is a Eureka Street consulting editor. She co-hosts the ChatterSquare podcast, tweets as @foomeister and blogs on Medium.

Topic tags: Fatima Measham, Anne Beggs-Sunter, Eureka Stockade


 

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