Today I’m going to tell you,
A significant event,
That some wanted to prevent.
It all started in the mid 1800s,
During the Gold Rush time,
Life was hard,
Gold was difficult to find.
James Bentley owner of the Eureka Hostel,
Found a mean miner in the night,
James Scobie and his friends,
Banging up which started a fight,
A fire broke out,
Weapons came out,
And despair was upon them all.
But later then in the court,
Bentley being the judge’s friend,
Was proven innocent cleared of all charges for Scobies end.
The miners annoyed,
For paying their license,
Rebelled in Scobies revenge,
On Bakery Hill after.
They demanded a stop,
But the government thought not.
The miners built a Stockade,
To fight the fancy soldiers,
15mins it lasted,
The government mastered.
But later on in the court of treason,
The fee was reduced with fair reason.
Now you know how democracy started,
And how he miners and government parted.
By Soleil – Year 5