Ballarat Reform League
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The Ballarat Reform League was formed on 11 November 1854 at Ballarat as a protest against the regulation of the gold diggings, specifically the League was formed with the view of abolishing the Miner’s Licence and having the miners connected with the fire at the Eureka Hotel released.
John Basson Humffray, was elected secretary until 30 November 1854. The miners then chose to use physical force rather than moral force to push their claims and elected Peter Lalor as “Commander-in-Chief”, who led them to build the Eureka Stockade.
The movement was supported by Henry Seekamp, editor of the Ballarat Times.
1 Leaders of the Ballarat Reform League
4 See also
Leaders of the Ballarat Reform League
George Black, a well-educated Englishman was editor of the “Digger’s Advocate.” Through his paper he worked to form the diggers into a cohesive group which would resist oppressive laws. A Welshman, John Basson Humffray, took the conservative view and believed the solution should be gained by constitutional means. Frederic Vern, a Hanoverian, was full of fine talk about righting wrongs and because of the noise he made, was wrongly believed by the Government to be directing the forces. But the man who held the loyalty of the diggers was Peter Lalor, an Irish engineer. Because of his courage and integrity he was a man whom other men would follow loyally. The most picturesque personality among the leaders was an Italian, Raffaello Carboni, and it is to his dynamic and emotional narrative that we owe much of the detail of those bitter days. The sixth man, Timothy Hayes, was an Irishman and a rousing speaker.
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