Eureka 116, 1970

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Eureka Stockade Photograph, Dr Jack Ford
Diorama Hut Exit. Photograph, Dr Jack Ford
Diorama - Hut Entrance. Photograph, Dr Jack Ford
Diorama Hut Exterior Sign. Photograph, Dr Jack Ford

Eureka Diorama

Ballarat Courier Monday August 10th 1970 Page 3

MAYOR OPENS EUREKA DIORAMA The Eureka Diorama at the Eureka Stockade park was officially opened by the Mayor, Cr A.E. Mills, yesterday afternoon before about 200 people. The diorama was a combined project of the Rotary clubs of Ballarat, Wendouree and Ballarat East. Representative of the three Rotary clubs and Ballarat South Rotary were present. “On behalf of the council and citizens of Ballarat, I pay tribute to the Rotary clubs in Ballarat for creating the thought, means and actual product of the Eureka Diorama,” Cr Mills said when opening it. “I would hate to have anything to do with Ballarat without the help of the service clubs,” he said. Tourism was going to be bigger and better in Ballarat, especially if the Tullamarine airport was to justify its existence. “It is only an hour’s drive away from Ballarat,” Cr Mills said. The diorama cost $10,500 build, and the Rotary clubs raised about $3500 towards it in a Sunday Walkathon. A $2 for $1 Government grant, announced by the Premier, Sir Henry Bolte in April 1969, brought the total available for the project to the required amount. The combined project was organised throughout by the three clubs which selected the diorama plan after a wide search for a suitable type of community service. It was assisted by the City Council, which provided the site and carried out necessary landscaping, and was supported by the Eureka Progress Association and the Historical Park Association. “Ballarat is renowned for its illustrious history. The diorama will preserve this history,” past president of the Rotary Club of Ballarat Mr G. Wilmot said before handing the diorama over to the citizens of Ballarat. Cr M. Brown, Mayor of Ballarat when the diorama project was first conceived, placed the first 10 cent coin in the slot to start the tape recording of what happened at the Eureka Stockade in 1854. (the article says 1845!!!!) Guests at the opening were Mr and Mrs Jim Chisholm, district governor of the Rotary district 278, Mr Albert Bell, former district governor, representatives of the builders, decorators and architects, the owner of the Eureka Stockade Hotel, Melbourne, and Mrs Mary Sandow, who prepared the four – minute tape recording in the diorama. Apologies were received from Mr Peter Lalor, a direct descendant of Peter Lalor, the man who led the Eureka Stockade uprising, and Mr Eric Pearce, a Melbourne television personality, whose voice is heard on the tape recording in the diorama.[1]

The Southern Cross Flag Flying at Montrose Cottage on the 107th Anniversary of Eureka, The Courier, Ballarat, Friday 4 December 1970

Eureka Carnival

The 107th anniversary of Eureka occurred in 1970 according to this newspaper report, clearly from a 1970 newspaper. The paper otherwise managed a great reportage of the event, recording contests, winners and prizes.


More than 3000 people attended the Eureka Progress Association’s annual Australia Day carnival at the stockade yesterday. Patrons were treated to a variety of entertainments, ranging from a monster yabbie contest to non-stop Highland dancing competitions. Feature attractions this year were wood chopping, and tent pegging by Police Mounted Troopers. Mr Allan Mills, association president said the new attractions probably accounted for the increase in attendances. Gate- takings, amounting to $360 will be used for association funds, but proceeds from an authorised raffle will go to the Eureka swimming pool fund. This raffle is expected to raise about $500. In the 12 sections of the baby contests, more than 500 entries were received. The champion baby was Deanne Gent, 7½ months, daughter of Mr and Mrs D Gent, Eura Vale, Dunnstown. Steven, 2½ years, was the champion child under four years. He is the son of Mr and Mrs P. Phelan, York st., Ballarat.


Fourteen year old Ilme Kukainis was chosen as Miss Eureka, Kerry Pimlott was second from 13 other girls. Twenty-two entries were received for the under – 8 section which was won by Wendy Lyons with Kaylene Chevalier second. The most popular section was the intermediated section with 35 entries. The winner was Jennifer Lamb with Claire Draper second. One of the highlights of the day was the yabbie contest. At 5.30p.m, about 40 small boys presented their takings for judging. Hundreds of yabbies, ranging from 1-4 inch to 9 inch in length were presented after hours of fishing. Some of the boys were at the pool early in the morning and stopped fishing just before judging. Peter Schuijers bagged 160 to win a prize. The smallest 1-4 in. long was handed in by Colin Halson and the biggest at 9 in., was handed in by Braith Ramage.



Underhand cut: Heat 1, J. Lever; R. Crooke, 2 F. Barnes, 3. Heat 2, F. Robson, 1; E. Giri. 1; L. Impey, 3. Final, J. Lever, 1; E. Giri, 2; F. Robson, 3. Standing Block: Heat 1, F. Barnes, 1; R. Lever, 2; R. Crooks, 3. Heat 2, F. Robson, 1; B. Pearce, 2; G. Giri, 3. Final, F. Robson, 1; F. Barnes, 2; R. Crooks, 3. Butchers Block (two cutters per log): J. Lever-F. Robson 1; E. Giri-I. Jenkins, 2; L. Impey-R. Crooks, 3.


Happiest baby: D. Platt, 1; B. Parke, 2; M. Bett, 3. Champion baby, D. Gent, 1; R. Dodd, 2; W. Anthony, 3. Fattest baby, W. Anthony, 1; J. Bendey, 2; R. Bux, 3. Longest eyelashes, J. Mitchell, 1; J. Fisher, 2; B. Heffernan, 3. Champion child, S. Phelan 1; A. Gent, 2; M. Baron, 3. Happiest child, S. Shaw,1; D. Whatmore, 2; N. Tucker, 3. Prettiest child, A. Smith, 1; J. Faulkner, 2; M. Hanrahan, 3. Curliest hair, D. Whatmore,1; L. Ray, 2; D. Brereton, 3. Ideal girl, L.Taylor, 1; M. Stares, 2; L. Armstrong, 3. Ideal boy, P. Eyars, 1; D. Parker, 2; C. McDonald, 3. Most like mother: D. Skewes, 1; T. Bott, 2; J. Bridges, 3. Largest eyes, L. Ward, 1; M. Jones, 2; J. Barkly, 3.[2]


When James Turpie, of Lauriston, Scotland, settled at Buninyong in about 1854 – the year of the diggers’ uprising – Eureka was a rough goldfield, a shanty town pitted with diggings and battle scars. Yesterday, there was another “affair at Eureka”. In the beautiful garden setting and in the shelter of the Memorial Hall, more than 100 of the 211 known descendants of James Turpie met for a family reunion. Four generations came from all parts of Victoria, Melbourne, Bendigo, Geelong, Portland, Bridgewater, Inglewood, and even from Adelaide and Queensland. The reunion was organised by Mrs Lilian Woods, a grand-daughter of James Turpie and Mr Fred Turpie, both of Bendigo, assisted by local members of the family, Mr David Turpie and Mrs and Mrs Peter Burge (nee Turpie. Mr W. Hamilton of Bendigo was able to help with family history, as he traced ancestors during a visit to Scotland. This was the first reunion the family had held, but everyone was most enthusiastic about holding another gathering in a few years’ time.


Mrs Burge said that the young people and teenagers had enjoyed it as much as the older ones, as many of them had never met their cousins. Old family photographs, letters and documents proved of great interest, and a family tree was drawn up. James Turpie (1828-1886) married Christina Bee (born 1833)

After living at Buninyong for some time, they took up land at Inglewood.[3]
  1. Ballarat Courier, 10 August 1970, Transcribed by Chrissy Stancliffe
  2. Ballarat Courier, Tuesday January 27th 1970, Page 4.Transcribed by Chrissy Stancliffe
  3. Ballarat Courier, Monday 23 March 1970, page 4. Transcribed by Chrissy Stancliffe