The Monster Meeting Interviews are a series of six interviews, conducted by Jan 'Yarn' Wositzky, about the Monster Meeting of 15 December 1851, and the related history of the 1850s Victorian gold rush.
Entertaining, informative and insightful, these interviews are full of wonderful storytelling, sharp historical insight, differing perspectives and new information about the political movement for democracy that was a hallmark of the 1850′s Victorian gold rush.
Anyone with a beginners knowledge of this history will find that these interviews are easy to follow, and will provide a fast track into understanding this significant event in Australian history.
However, with such a brace of talented and informative interviewees, these videos will also be of particular interest to historians, teachers and students, gold rush buffs, students of democracy and residents of the gold rush country -- particularly as The Monster Meeting Interviews reveal events that former accounts of the gold rush have overlooked.
The principal thesis behind these interviews is: that the Monster Meeting of 15 December 1851 on the Forest Creek/Mount Alexander gold field was the event that united the individual gold seekers into a political force that became the Diggers; that the subsequent events at the Eureka Stockade at Ballarat in 1954, where over thirty Diggers lost their lives, began three years earlier with the Monster Meeting; and that the Monster Meeting set a path to popular democracy in Australia.
The order of interviews is structured so as to progress from an introduction and overview of the Monster Meeting and the gold rush through to in depth political and social analysis and discussion: the machinations of the Victorian Legislative Council and Lieutenant-Governor Charles La Trobe, the global issues of democracy, then and now, the relationship of the Monster Meeting to the outbreak of violence at the Eureka Stockade at Ballarat in 1854, and the legacy for us today, including topics such as the gold rush landscape and Indigenous people in the gold rush.
Credits Written & co-produced by Jan 'Yarn' Wositzky Filmed, edited & co-produced by Davide Michielin Lighting & sound: Denise Martin Executive producer for Chewton Domain Society: John Ellis
Funded by Ballarat Reform League with assistance from the Vera Moore Foundation & the Australian Government's Your Community Heritage Program (Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities).