The Eureka Stockade is one of Australia’s founding legends – but until now, it’s been based on a band of rebel men, defending their rights amidst a barrage of bullets.
Historian Clare Wright reveals there were thousands of women on the goldfields, and some inside the Eureka Stockade. She talks to Robyn Annear about history’s forgotten women. Who writes history? And how does that dictate who makes the main story, and who we relegate to the margins?
Best known for her books Bearbrass: Imagining Early Melbourne and A City Lost and Found: Whelan the Wrecker’s Melbourne, Robyn Annear is also the author of an unpublishable novel set in the city in 1893.
‘I am a feminist therefore I commit feminist acts. I’m not going to undermine the political importance of what I do.’
La Trobe University historian Professor Clare Wright has worked as an author, academic, political speechwriter, historical consultant, and radio and TV broadcaster. Her latest book, You Daughters of Freedom: The Australians Who Won the Vote and Inspired the World, has been praised by Senator Penny Wong and Anne Summers. Her earlier book, The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka, won the 2014 Stella Prize and the 2014 NIB Award for Literature.