by William Bramwell Withers
First published in 1870 - this list of over 1400 names has been compiled from the Second Edition 1887
"No taxation without representation" - the miners' Cri de Coeur
"We swear by the Southern Cross to stand truly by each other, and fight to defend our rights and liberties" - oath administered to the diggers by Peter Lalor, 30 November 1854.
The early history of Ballarat is often about gold and gold diggings. A list of most of the diggings and their commencement dates can be viewed here.
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