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An eyewitness account of the Eureka Stockade

Two books lay open on a pillow, their pages filled with cursive handwriting
30 November 2019

This rare goldfields diary contains an eyewitness account of the events surrounding the Eureka Stockade.

At the time of its sale to the State Library of Victoria in 2006, the Charles Evans diary was originally attributed to Samuel Lazarus – a 19-year old from Liverpool who went on to serve as foreman of the jury at Ned Kelly's murder trial.

Six months of research carried out by historian Clare Wright disproved Samuel Lazarus's authorship, and demonstrated Charles Evans, an auctioneer and printer, to be the author of the diary.

Read all about Wright’s search for the truth in The La Trobe Journal No 90.