On a visit home last year for a wedding and Christmas, I rediscovered some of the impressive national history that comes straight from my home town of Ballarat. The Eureka rebellion, Australia's first civil uprising, was fought over taxes on gold miners hoping to strike it rich in the gold fields of Ballarat in the 1850's, and is said by many to be the birth of democracy in Australia. After taking my girlfriend to see "Blood on the Southern Cross" (where we learnt that a Canadian first raised the flag!) we visited the Ballarat Fine Art Gallery to see what remained of the flag itself. In a dimly lit room littered with "no cameras" signs, I stood in awe of what remains from those days on the gold fields over 150 years ago. 22 miners lost their lives but made history that changed our country forever. I had to take a photo so my iPhone was the discreet weapon of choice. It was so dark I just had to point and shoot hoping I could get a clear enough shot of it.



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