Chapter 57 [The Eureka Stockade, by Raffaello Carboni, 1855]

[Editor: This is a chapter from The Eureka Stockade by Raffaello Carboni. A glossary has been provided to explain various words and phrases that may be unfamiliar to modern readers.]


Dirigat dominus reginum nostram.

The red-coats were now ordered to “fall in;” their bloody work was over, and were marched off, dragging with them the “Southern Cross.”

Their dead, as far as I did see, were four, and a dozen wounded, including Captain Wise, the identical one, I think whom I speak of in relating the events of Tuesday evening, November 28.

Dead and wounded had been fetched up in carts, waiting on the road, and all red-things hastened to Ballaarat.

The following is for the edification of all the well-affected and well-disposed of the present and future generation: —



Government Camp,
Ballaarat, Dec. 3rd, 1854.

Her Majesty’s forces were this morning fired upon by a large body of evil-disposed persons of various nations, who had entrenched themselves in a stockade on the Eureka, and some officers and men killed.

Several of the rioters have paid the penalty of their crime, and a large number are in custody.

All well-disposed persons are earnestly requested to return to their ordinary occupations, and to abstain from assembling in large groups, and every protection will be afforded to them by the authorities.

Resident Commissioner.

God save the Queen.

Raffaello Carboni. The Eureka Stockade: The Consequence of Some Pirates Wanting on Quarter-Deck a Rebellion, Public Library of South Australia, Adelaide, 1962 [facsimile of the 1855 edition], pages 73

Editor’s notes:
*dirigat dominus reginum nostrum = (Latin) “direct owner of our Queen”, or “may our Lady Queen” (*rough translation)

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