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Walter E. Pidgeon, Illustration from The Eureka Stockade by Raffaello Carboni, Sunnybrook Press, 1942, offset print.
Art Gallery of Ballarat, purchased 1994.


The Argus Melbourne, Thursday 28 August 1902, page 9 Major Talbot, late of the Texas Indian Rangers, has presented to the Australian Historical Records Society a sword stated to have been picked up at the Eureka Stockade immediately after the memorable fight in December, 1854.[1]


EUREKA STOCKADE RELICS - A relic of the encounter that took place at the Eureka Stockade on December 3, 1854, between British soldiers and Ballarat gold diggers was (says the " Age" of March 1) on Saturday discovered by a fossicker in the vicinity of the stockade. It is in the shape of a military scabbard, 3 1/2ft. in length. The relic, which has been badly affected by rust, having been embedded in the earth for some 54 years, belonged apparently to an officer of the 40th regiment, which, with the 12th regiment and a party of men of war from a ship then lying in Hobson's Bay, was engaged in the work of storming the stockade. It is curved and weighs about 2 lb. A Melbourne antiquarian is desirous of purchasing the scabbard which is on view at a shop in the Main-Road. Mr. C. C. Shoppee, superintendent of the Ballarat Benevolent, Asylum, has in his possession an insurgent's pistol, found in an old hole inside the stockade many years subsequent to the armed revolt of the diggers. Some time ago a wealthy pioneer offered £10 for this old-fashioned pistol.[2]


  1. Transcribed by Chrissy Stancliffe.
  2. Broken Hill Barrier Miner, 6 March 1909.