in the 1850s, people from all around the world came to Ballarat to mine for gold, but it wasn’t easy as they thought it would be.
The Government saw what was happening and told the miners that they would to pay 30 shillings for a licence,
Each month they would have to pay a fee of 10 shillings, if they did not pay this they would be tied to a log till they got the money.
But in 1853 the miners stood up to this by raising their own flag to show that they didn’t want to pay anymore.
It was followed along with a big fight and the miners building there own wooden stockade, 22 miners and 8 soldiers died in the fight.
3 years later the miners had the right to vote, after the vote the miners were able to mine in peace without the government ripping them off.