Eureka StockaDe: THE DIGGERS MARCH
It was then Eureka's Children, now Eureka Australia, who were instrumental in seeing the Diggers' March returned to Ballarat in 2001. Phillip Moore, our President at that time and local Ballarat identity Jack Harvey researched the route for the march, from Bakery Hill to the Eureka Stockade, selecting appropriate key sites for the trail and writing a basic narrative.
Eminent historian and member of then, Eureka's Children, Emeritus Prof. John Molony who passed away in 2018, selected six key points along the trail and enhanced the narrative with the following commentary. A seventh key point was later added (Eureka Lead) by Eureka Australia.
The route of the Diggers’ March retraces that actually taken by the diggers on the afternoon of the fateful day (Thursday 30 November) in 1854 when, having sworn their allegiance under ‘the Southern Cross’ on Bakery Hill, they then marched to the Eureka Lead where they built their stockade and elected their leaders.
The Diggers March commentary, linked below has been updated for 2021, please see the revised version below.
Route of the Diggers’ March
Points of Interest
1. Bakery Hill
4. Carboni’s vantage point
7. Eureka Lead site
2. St. Alipius Church
5. Bentley’s Eureka Hotel plaques
8. Eureka Stockade site
3. Site of Hayes’ tent
6. Site of Bentley’s Eureka Hotel
9. Site of Eureka Stockade
Note: Eureka Lead runs along and crosses part of Eureka Street