Hundreds of people made the pilgrimage to the opening of the Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka on the 4th of May, which was opened by Victorian Premier Denis Napthine. Other dignitaries included the patrons of MADE, ex-premier Steve Bracks and former Kennett government minister Robert Knowles, and current federal Ballarat MP Catherine King. Prime Minister Julia Gillard appeared via video link.
The weekend’s launch celebration also included outdoor music concerts, face painting, children’s craft activities, a gourmet barbeque and roving performers.
EUREKA’S CHILDREN'S PIVOTAL ROLE IN THE OPENING OF MADE
Three of the youngest descendants of the Eureka Stockade, being great great great grandchildren, cut the ribbon that officially opened the museum. They were Noah Lalor Philp – descendant of Peter Lalor – the leader of the Eureka Stockade and Olive Whitford and Ella Howard, descendants of Patrick Howard, a member of the uprising.
Eureka’s Children present a number of Eureka events throughout the year and is represented on the Eureka Commemorative Planning Committee established by the Ballarat City Council.
Ballarat - Eureka Commemorative Programs and Events
Programs and events that Eureka's Children organise and present at the Eureka Anniversaries in Ballarat include:
- The Eureka Digger's March
- Demanding Democracy March and Theatrical Presentation
- Assisting St. Alipius Parish in presenting a Eureka Ecumenical Service.
We enclose, for your perusal, the link to the Digger’s March Trail and Commentary from Bakery Hill to the Stockade. CLICK HERE. Also for your interest is an archived program of past Annual Ballarat Eureka Commemoration events CLICK HERE.