FREE EVENT - 2pm
Sunday 20 October 2019
36 Fraser St Clunes VIC 3370
Author Hugh Dolan
Illustrator Dave Dye
This graphic book, aimed at reading age 8+, brings to life the struggles of daily life on the goldfields and the powerful events of the Eureka stockade.
The extraordinary story of Eureka is one that Australians have revisited since it happened in 1854. Why did British Army Red Coats fire on a group of miners hidden behind a crude wooden stockade? Why did soldiers from two famous British regiments attack a group of gold miners early one Sunday morning? What made the miners and their families protest and put their lives in danger?
The central character in this book is a boy called Bernie. Bernie lived with his parents on the goldfields and played a key role in events leading up to the battle at the Eureka Stockade, despite his age. He sees the murder of the miner that sparked armed protest. His family were camped close by and were key witnesses. We see the growing unrest and the fighting through his eyes.
Books will be available for purchase and signing at this FREE event.