The Eureka Stockade. The story is one of Australia’s foundation legends, but until now it has been told as though only half the participants were there. What if the hot-tempered, free-wheeling gold miners we learnt about in school were actually husbands and fathers, brothers and sons? And what if there were women and children inside the Eureka Stockade, defending their rights while defending themselves against a barrage of bullets? As Clare Wright reveals, there were thousands of women on the goldfields and many of them were active in pivotal roles. The stories of how they arrived there, why they came and how they sustained themselves make for fascinating reading in their own right. But it is in the rebellion itself that the unbiddable women of Ballarat come into their own. Groundbreaking, absorbing, crucially important—The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka is the uncut story of the day the Australian people found their voice.

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Zora Simic, "Noted works: The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka", The Conversation, 28 August 2014.

Yvonne Perkins, "Review: the Forgotten Rebels of Eureka", The Drum, 30 April 2014.

Racheal Weaver, "Bottom Up: The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka by Clare Wright", The Sydney Review of Books, 29 April 2014.

Lisa Hill, "The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka, by Clare Wright", March 3, 2014.

Babette Smith, "Women had their Eureka moment too", The Australian, 22 February 2014.

Helen Lobato, "Review: The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka", 14 December 2013.

Dave Calderwood, "Review: The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka by Clare Wright", The Waikato Times, 30 November 2013.

Anne Beggs Sunter, "Review: Bringing Women Back in: The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka, by Clare Wright", The Saturday Age, 23 November 2013.

Anne Beggs Sunter, "Review: Eureka moment: Women get the starring roles in a meticulously researched history of the Ballarat goldfield", The Sydney Morning Herald, 23 November 2013.

Linda Morris, "Digging for Eureka's gold", The Sun Herald, 3 November 2013.

Robyn Annear,"Clare Wright’s ‘The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka", The Monthly, November 2013.

Marea Donnelly, "Eureka women languish in the dust of the past," The Daily Telegraph, 21 October 2013.


“This book will do for Eureka in the North American market what The Fatal Shore did for our convict period … Biography is at the heart of this history in the best Manning Clark tradition.” Professor Robert Pascoe, Dean Laureate and Professor of History, Victoria University.

“Clare Wright has not just inserted women into the Eureka story. She has written a rich new account of the social life of a goldfield.” Emeritus Professor John Hirst, La Trobe University

“Evokes the goldfields era vividly… brings to life the experiences of so many young immigrants to Australian in the 1850s.” The Age

“Essential reading for devotees of Australian history.” Books and Publishing

“What this book does is lay down a new way… for all of us to understand our past through truth rather than reliance on myth.” King’s Tribune

“Wright challenges the traditional view of the stockade to create a much richer social history.” The Guardian

“A brilliant addition to the historical record and certain to become an Australian classic… I loved reading this book as much as I loved Barbara Tuchman’s The Distant Mirror for its power to completely immerse the reader in the time, place and physical experience of another era. Like Tuchman, Wright can conjure up the smell of woodfire and the stink of sweat, dogshit and the damp bedding of camp life, all of which clings to your senses as she leads you though the great dramatic social and political ferment of world events that underpinned the exodus from Europe to anywhere – especially a goldfield at the bottom of the known universe.” Newtown Review of Books

“An impressively rigorous work of primary archival research … history without the boring bits: cinematic in style and epic in scale.” Sydney Review of Books

“A wonderful, weighty tribute … The book is beautifully researched and full of vivid colour, engaging characters and dramatic reconstruction.” The Independent, UK


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Emily Banyard, "The forgotten women rebels of Eureka", The Australian Times, 10 September 2014.

Maria Harris, "Gold for rebel rouser", The Review, 28 July 2014.

Johanna Leggatt, "Righting the wrongs of Eureka", The Weekly Times Now, 6 November 2013

Johanna Leggatt, "Writing women into Eureka history", The Weekly Times, 6 November 2013.

Grantlee Kieza, "Story of Eureka's women"The Courier Mail Brisbane , 2 November 2013.

Luke O'Neill, "The forgotten women of Eureka", The Irish Echo , 2 November 2013.

Rachel Power, "Women Make History", AEU News, 1 November 2013.

Tom Cowie, "Book casts a light on the hidden half of the Eureka story", The Ballarat Courier, 23 October 2013.

Justin Shaw, "The forgotten rebels of Eureka",The King's Tribune, 23 October 2013.

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