Goldfields Commission

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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 8 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 Licence with an export duty on gold; introduction of the Miners' Right, giving franchise to the holder; and the abolition of the Gold Commission. The Government quickly adopted these measures. [1]


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