The launch of the new Eureka Pathway of Rememberance took place on Friday May 27th 2022. The Pathway is a memorial to Australia’s Democracy Martyrs at Ballarat’s Eureka Stockade Memorial Park - the very site where they fell.
The Eureka Pathway of Remembrance memorialises the 35 diggers and their supporters, known to have died at the Eureka Stockade on 3 December 1854. In a manner that acknowledges the egalitarian nature of our nation, Diggers and Soldiers are recognised alongside each other, ordered only by their country of birth; their surnames in alphabetical order. There are plaques along the pathway for each..
His Excellency Mr. Tim Mawe, Ambassador for the Republic of Ireland to Australia, told the gathering “I am delighted that Ireland has been able to support the development of the Pathway. It is a small contribution to recognise the sacrifice made by the 14 Irishmen and all those who sacrificed their lives for an ideal of democracy in 1854”.
Eric Howard, President of Eureka Australia, said “Eureka is Australia’s most important story of ordinary people seeking a fair go from overbearing authority. ,,, It’s a message still relevant today.” He also said “ Within two years of Eureka, the autocratic, overbearing government fully controlled by a Governor was swept away and replaced with an elected lower house of Parliament with broad based male suffrage and a less democratically based but reformed upper house. The reforms unleashed and powered by Eureka were far reaching and ground breaking.”
The Pathway of Remembrance was proposed by Eureka Australia and is a jointly funded by Eureka Australia, the Cities of Ballarat and Goulburn, and the Irish, German, Canadian and UK Embassies.