Using the latest digital technology, art installations and iconic historic objects, MADE invites visitors to immerse themselves in the sensory experience of democracy. History is seen as an interaction with the present, challenging us to explore, debate and create new meanings from past and contemporary events.

The story of the Eureka Stockade 1854, including its origins and its legacy are explored through digital touchtables. These interactive touchtables allow you to make a comment on Twitter, read an 1854 newspaper or watch a digital story on the fascinating men and women of Eureka. Explore different aspects of democracy through music, projections, audio and facial recognition. What is it like to be without power, yesterday and today? How did the miners feel in 1854?

Visit our Cyclorama Timeline and experience the history of democracy from Ancient Athens right through to recent global events. Immerse yourself in the iconic speeches of the 20th century and experience the power of numbers to make change in a democratic society.

MADE features a number of significant historic artefacts including the Flag of the Southern Cross (Eureka Flag), which is generously on loan from the Art Gallery of Ballarat, a copy of the Ballarat Reform League Charter, and a number of archaeological items found on this historic site.

The Eureka Flag

Australia’s most iconic textile treasure, The Flag of the Southern Cross is on display at MADE. The Eureka Flag was stitched for the Ballarat Reform League in 1854, and flown at two League meetings on the 29th and 30th November 1854. The rebel miners then marched under the flag to the Eureka Lead; where they built the stockade and flew the flag.

On the day of the battle, 3rd December 1854, the flag flew as the miners and government soldiers fought a fierce short battle. Trooper King then removed the flag from the stockade. Souveniring of the flag began almost immediately with reports that soldiers and officials in the Government camp took small pieces.

The flag made a brief appearance at the treason trials of the 13 men in Melbourne in 1855. It then stayed with the family of Trooper King until 1895 when James Oddie, founder of the Ballarat Art Gallery obtained the flag on loan from the King family.

In 1973, the flag received extensive preservation treatment from a local seamstress, Val D’Angri and was unveiled by the Prime Minister Gough Whitlam for permanent display. In 2001 the flag was formally gifted by the King family to the Gallery.

The most recent conservation work was conducted by Artlab Australia in 2011. They spent over 300 hours hand stitching the flag to the new mount to preserve this textile treasure for generations to come. The iconic symbol of democratic struggle and defiance is now on display on the site where it was hoisted 160 years ago.

MADE acknowledges the generous loan of the flag by the Art Gallery of Ballarat.

Fast Facts

  • 4 metres long by 2.6 metres high.
  • Four different fabrics have been use to make the flag including the hoist: wool, cotton, and cotton/wool blends.
  • 40% of the flag is missing due to insect damage and souveniring.

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