Victoria Parliamentary Paper No. A2 – “Gold Regulations” [The Cause Of Eureka Stockade]
Victoria Parliamentary Paper No. A2 – “Gold Regulations” [The Cause Of Eureka Stockade]
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Victoria Parliamentary Paper No. A2 – “Gold Regulations” [The Cause Of Eureka Stockade]

1854. Letterpress, two pages, 72.8 x 21cm (overall). Framed together.

Text includes “Victoria. Gold Regulations. Laid upon the council table by the Colonial Secretary, by command of His Excellency the Lieutenant Governor, and ordered by the Council to be printed, 26th September, 1854. Rules and regulations made by the Lieutenant Governor and Executive Council respecting the issue of Licenses for Mining and other purposes, under the authority of the Local Act 17 Victoria, no. 4. None but Lessees or Licensees under the Act 17 Victoria, no. 4, entitled to mine for gold. No person who is not the holder of a Lease or License under the act…entitled An Act for the better management of the Gold Fields of Victoria, will be permitted to mine for gold, or employ any person to mine for gold in any land whatsoever in the Colony of Victoria…By authority: John Ferres, Government Printer, Melbourne.”

The Eureka Rebellion or Eureka Stockade eventuated “because the goldfield workers (known as diggers) opposed the government miners’ licences. The licences were a simple way for the government to tax the diggers.” Fees had to be paid regardless of whether a digger came up with any gold. Ref: Australian Stories, Australia.gov.au.

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