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Jan Vennik - The Dutchman at Eureka

On Sunday 26 June 2016, a new book entitled 'Jan Vennik: The Dutchman at Eureka' was presented at the Art Gallery of Ballarat. This publication was supported with a Shared Cultural Heritage contribution from the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Canberra.

Jan Vennik: The Dutchman at Eureka is a 48-page booklet written by Yvon Davis, former SBS Radio broadcaster.

Yvon Davis tells the story of a Dutchman who was present in the vicinity of the Eureka Stockade on 3 December 1854, before he was arrested and charged with treason together with 12 other individuals. This book explores whether Vennik was merely in the wrong place at the wrong time, where he came from, and where he went after his acquittal on all charges at the Eureka Trials in early 1855.
This publication was supported with a Shared Cultural Heritage contribution from the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Canberra.

Former SBS Radio broadcaster Yvon Davis provides new insights into the story of Eureka by researching public records and interpreting the contents of eye witness accounts published in local and overseas newspaper articles.

Follow the story of Jan Vennik’s life on the goldfields of Central Victoria, before and after the Eureka Rebellion, in this locally produced 48-page book. It includes full colour photos and illustrations, and is available from bookshops across Ballarat.

For more information, contact Yvon Davis via yvondavis@gmail.com