A gold miners\ revolt in 1854 near ballarat, victoria-the eureka stockade was the setting of a gold miners revolt in 1854 near ballarat, victoria, australia, against the officials supervising the mining of gold in the region. gold miners were not happy with having to pay for expensive mining items, the cost of a miners licence, taxes and the violent and unreasonable way they were treated by police and other officials. the miners refused to pay for their licences and erected a stockade, or a small wooden fence, gathered weapons and erected their own flag, which some called the australian flag. this was considered treason by the government and soldiers were sent to attack the stockade. 22 miners and 6 soldiers were killed in the battle, which lasted 15 minutes as the miners had little ammunition for their guns and were not trained in military combat.