The Eureka Stockade

Author: Raffaello Carboni

Chapter XXIII. Ortica Ensis: Prima.

Here is a plant of Cayenne pepper, growing in those days on Ballaarat: it withered some three months in limbo, but...oh yes, butt at it again.

’Ballaarat Times’, November 18, 1854.


"There is something strange, and to the government of this country, something not quite comprehensible, in this League. For the first time in the southern hemisphere, a Reform League is to be inaugurated. There is something ominous in this; the word ’League,’ in a time of such feverish excitement as the present, is big with immense purport (indeed!) Indeed, it would ill become ’The Times’ to mince in matter of such weighty importance. This League is not more or less that the germ of Australian independence (sic). The die is cast, and fate has stamped upon the movement its indelible signature. No power on earth can restrain the united might and headlong strides for freedom of the people of this country, and we are lost in amazement while contemplating the dazzling panorama of the Australian future (Great works). We salute the League [but not the trio, Vern, Kennedy, Humffray], and tender our hopes and prayers for its prosperity [in the shape of a goodly pile of half-crowns]. The League has undertaken a mighty task [the trio’ll shirk it though], fit only for a great people—that of changing the dynasty of the country (Great works). The League does not exactly propose, nor adopt such a scheme, but we know what it means, the principles it would inculcate, and that eventually it will resolve itself into an Australian Congress." (Great Works!!)

Vote for HUMFFRAY to be Auctioneer, KENNEDY to be Bellman, VERN to be Runner, of the ’Starring league.’


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Chicago: Raffaello Carboni, "Chapter XXIII. Ortica Ensis: Prima.," The Eureka Stockade in The Eureka Stockade Original Sources, accessed June 6, 2023,

MLA: Carboni, Raffaello. "Chapter XXIII. Ortica Ensis: Prima." The Eureka Stockade, in The Eureka Stockade, Original Sources. 6 Jun. 2023.

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