Goldfields Commission

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An enquiry into the immediate causes of the Eureka Stockade known as the Gold Fields’ Commission of Enquiry held its first meeting on 07 December 1854 in Melbourne.

Gold License, 01 May 1854, University of Ballarat Historical Collection.

Although the battle of Eureka was of short duration and there was only a small number killed and wounded in comparison to the great wars, the ramifications were immense. The whole goldfields administration was subsequently overhauled and revised. The Goldfields Commission was instigated after the Eureka Stockade, and sat for the first time on 14 December 1854. The Commission recommended the abolition of the Gold License on 08 January 1855, and also a general amnesty for all those associated with the riot at Eureka. On 27 March 1855 the Goldfields Commission recommended the replacement of the Gold License with an export duty on gold; introduction of the Miner's Right, giving franchise to the holder; and the abolition of the Gold Commission. The Government quickly adopted these measures. [1]

Also See

Augustus Greeves

Miner's Right


  1. Wickham, D., Gervasoni, C. & Phillipson, W., Eureka Research Directory, Ballarat Heritage Services, 1999.