Red Ribbon Rebellion Re-enactment

The-Diggers-Flag3What was the Red Ribbon Rebellion?

Although it happened well over 160 years ago, the Red Ribbon Rebellion was a turning point in Bendigo’s colourful gold rush history that contributed towards making Bendigo the thriving city that it is today.
Originally held in 1853, this peaceful protest was directed against the payment of what the diggers called a tax – a licence fee for the right to search for gold on Crown Land. The diggers had to pay 30 schillings per month for the licence regardless of whether they found gold or not, and the licence was used by police to intimidate the diggers.
Diggers wore red ribbons as a symbol of their protest and many thousands signed a petition to Joseph La Trobe, the then Governor of Victoria, asking that the licence fee be reduced to 10 shillings a month. The Governor rejected the petition which led to thousands of diggers holding the peaceful protest on 27 August 1853.
The crowd surrounded Camp Hill (in Rosalind Park) where a delegation met with Commissioners Wright and Panton to offer them 10 shillings for the September licence.
The commissioners rejected the offer, but no licences were collected in September and this marked the beginning of the end of the licence fee on the goldfields.
Date: Monday 28 August
Time: 11:00am
Where: Bendigo Art Gallery forecourt in View Street
Dress: Don’t forget to attach a red ribbon to your outfit
Cost: Free, a free sausage sizzle will be held at the end of the re-enactment for all participants!
The Red Ribbon Rebellion Re-enactment is proudly presented by the Bendigo Historical Society
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