Annual Eureka Awards Dinner

Nature of Event: 2019 Eureka’s Children Annual Eureka Democracy Award Dinner.

The Dinner Commemorates and Celebrates the 165th Anniversary of the 1854 Eureka Events with the presentation of the Eureka Democracy Award. The 2019 Eureka Democracy Award will be presented during the evening to Tim Costello, AO.

AWARDEE: From 2004 to 2016, Tim Costello was CEO of World VisionAustralia and from 2011 has been the Chairman of the Community Council for Australia. Tim received the Victorian of the Year award in July 2004 in recognition of his public and community service. He was made an officer of the Order of Australia in June 2005 and was the Victorian nominee for the Australian of theYear award in 2006.

Tim was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Australian Catholic University in 2008 in recognition of his contribution to religious life and to social justice and is the 2008 winner of the Australian Peace Prize awarded by the Peace Organisation of Australia. He is also listed by the National Trust as a “National Living Treasure”.

In his various roles he has spearheaded public debate on problem gambling, urban poverty, homelessness, reconciliation and drug abuse over many years and has served as a local government elected representative and Mayor at the then City of St Kilda.

From 1995 to 2003, Tim was a minister of the Collins Street Baptist Church and the executive director of Urban Seed, a Christian not-for-profit organisation created in response to concern about homelessness, drug abuse and the marginalisation of the city’s street people.

Tim is the Spokesperson for the Alliance for Gambling Reform, a Director of Ethical Voice and the Executive Director of Micah Australia.

Dr. Geraldine Moore, a member of Eureka’s Children, will provide a brief presentation about her recently published book George Higinbotham and Eureka.

Geraldine has researched the editorials that Higinbotham wrote anonymously for the Melbourne Morning Herald, before, during and after the conflict at Eureka. Historians know of Higinbotham as Attorney-General of Victoria during the turbulent constitutional deadlocks of 1865 and 1867, and later as a controversial Chief Justice of Victoria’s Supreme Court.  Geraldine’s book reveals that, as a young journalist in the 1850s, Higinbotham reported on the goldfields agitation, and afterwards participated in the continuing struggle for political rights. Geraldine will explain how his contributions helped to shape the struggle for democratic government in Victoria.

Come along and enjoy an evening of conversation, celebration and commemoration of the remarkable social change that was influenced by the events that took place at Eureka 165 years ago and whose impacts continue to positively influence our society today.

When: Saturday 16 November, 6.30 pm for 7.00 pm

Where: Amora Hotel 649 Bridge Road, Richmond

Cost:  $70 each, Tables of 10 for $700

Bookings essential – Contact the Secretary Peter Gavin 0417 135 373 or

Payment by cheque: Post to 1st floor 420-424 William Street West Melbourne 3003

Payment via EFT: to BSB 704191 account 90789 (please put your name as the reference in the EFT transaction)