Pikeman detail from the Peter Lalor Statue, Sturt Street, Ballarat. Courtesy Ballarat Heritage Services.
The pikes used during the Eureka Stockade were made by local blacksmiths. There were comprised of a rough wooden pole about 2.4 metres long, tipped with a sharp metal spike and a hook designed to cut bridles and reins of the mounted men's horses. The hook could also be used to pull rider from their horse.
Mrs Bath exhibited a pike used at the Eureka Stockade, found by her on the morning after the battle. It was exhibited during the 1876 Ballaarat Mechanics' Institute Fine Arts Exhibition.
Walter E. Pidgeon, Illustration from The Eureka Stockade
by Raffaello Carboni, Sunnybrook Press, 1942, offset print.
Art Gallery of Ballarat, purchased 1994.
- ↑ Ballaarat Mechanics' Institute Fine Arts Exhibition 1876 Catalogue.