Annual Eureka Commemorations and Celebrations in Ballarat, Melbourne & Canberra

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.




The Opening of the Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka

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.




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.





On the same day, a new Memorial to the Fallen was unveiled on the grounds of MADE, along with a Pathway of Remembrance which recognized those who lost their lives as a result of the Eureka Stockade event. Eureka’s Children facilitated the invitations to the various families connected to this memorial. Professor David Battersby, Chairman of MADE said that he appreciates Eureka’s Children assistance in organizing these events as well as our ongoing consultative process with them. Eureka’s Children are important to us. (At the Memorial are David Battersby, Eric Howard & Jane Smith, CEO – MADE)



Events for 2016

This year is the 162nd Anniversary of Eureka.


Ballarat - At Museum of Australian Democracy (MADE)


December 3rd  – Saturday

Event started 1pm with speeches at 2pm.


M.A.D.E invited Eureka’s Children to commemorate the anniversary of Eureka with a light lunch on Saturday 3rd December:
- The Peter Tobin oration was presented by Mike Yang (Founder of the Australian-Hubei Chamber of Commerce) in the maintheatre at MADE. To watch a video of the speech click here
- This was followed by Bruce Atkinson, President of the Legislative Assembly announcing the unveiling of six new flag poles at M.A.D.E. Eureka's Children were proud to be the ones who unfurled the Eureka Flag, the Aboriginal Flag and the Australian Flag on the site of the Eureka Stockade.


Unfurling and raising the flags on December 3rd were:

Peter Gavin

Maurice Hanrahan

Marlene Shanahan

Brian Shanahan

Michael Taffe

Conrad Corry


About the Flag Poles:

MADE have installed six flagpoles at the entrance to MADE, this will enable MADE to;

·         be able to fly the Australian and Aboriginal flags, along with the Eureka Flag at the entrance

·         half mast the flags on state occasions and as required

·         be able to acknowledge the traditional owners of the land on which the Eureka stockade took place

For further information about MADE events see



The Peter Tobin Oration

To see the video of President Eric Howard's presentation from 2015 CLICK HERE .






2016 Melbourne


Eureka's Children have no events scheduled for 2016 in Melbourne.






Dinner Celebrating the 162nd Anniversary of Eureka

Hosted by the Canberra Chapter of Eureka’s Children Inc.


The Canberra Chapter of Eureka’s Children invites you and your guests to their annual Eureka dinner to celebrate the 162nd anniversary of the Eureka Stockade. We will be joined by Guest Speaker Breandán Ó Caollaí, the New Ambassador of Ireland to Australia.


The dinner will be hosted by Emeritus Professor John Molony, Chairperson of the Canberra Chapter, a Eureka descendant and author of “Eureka”, MUP 2001.


7.00 pm Saturday, 3rd December 2016

Venue: Canberra Southern Cross Club, Corinna Street, Phillip, ACT

2 Course Dinner $60 per person, $50 for Pension Card Holders/Full-time Students

Drinks are available at the bar.


Tickets are strictly limited. If you are interested in attending the dinner or want more information about Eureka’s Children please contact Terry Quinane, the Canberra Executive Director on 0411 861-237 or by email to




Sydney - Sydney Eureka Stockade Commemoration Committee


162nd Commemoration of Eureka Stockade –Sydney

At the Bowlers Club 99 York St. Sydney

Friday 2nd December 6pm


Distinguished speaker: Phil Glendenning


Phil has been the Director of the Edmund Rice Centre since its inceotion in 1996 and is currently the President of the Refugee Council of Australia.

The event will feature the Presentation of the Eureka Democrac Award to Phil Glendenning by Eureka's Children President Eric Howard


Plus: Music, Displays, Handouts, Books worth reading


$50 per person includes Chinese Banquet Dinner


Enquiries Phil Smith: Ph. 0412 338 687





Eureka Democracy Award (Presented at Annual Eureka Dinner)

The Eureka’s Children Annual Democracy Award is presented to an individual or organisation who by their actions have contributed to a more democratic and just society and which reflects the values established at Eureka.


Previous Winners: Prof. Weston Bate (2008); Emeritus Prof. John Molony (2009); Margaret Rich (2010); Dr Anne Beggs-Sunter (2011); Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka (Ballarat) (2013); Ft Frank Brennan (2015); Phil Glendenning (2016)


The Annual Eureka Address (Presented at Annual Eureka Dinner)

Previous Presenters: Julian Burnside QC (2008); Emeritus Prof. John Molony (2009); Prof. Stuart McIntyre (2010); Dr Richard O'Brien (2011); Ft Frank Brennan (2015)


National and International Conferences

Our committee members and other members, always eager to promote and present the story of Eureka and its contribution to Australia's democratic tradition and ideals, take the opportunity to present papers at national and international conferences.


In 2011 our Vice-President Phillip Moore presented a paper 'Demanding Democracy: Eureka, the Reform Charter and the Irish' at the Australian Irish Studies Conference at the National Museum in Canberra - CLICK HERE