On this day …….. 7th of October 1854
On the 7th of October 1854, Scottish miner James Scobie was found murdered at the Eureka hotel in Ballarat, Victoria. Ten days later 10,000 miners gathered at the hotel to protest the acquittal of the Publican James Bentley, the prime suspect in Scobie’s murder, by an allegedly corrupt magistrate. The miners rioted and Bentley and his wife Catherine fled for their lives as the hotel was burnt down by the angry mob. A small group of soldiers were unable to suppress the riot.