Shortlist year: 2014

Shortlist category: Australian history

Published by: Text Publishing

Ten years in the research and writing, irrepressibly bold, entertaining and often irreverent in style, Clare Wright’s The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka is a fitting tribute to the unbiddable women of Ballarat—women who made Eureka a story for us all.

About the author


Clare Wright

Clare Wright is a historian who has worked as a political speechwriter, university lecturer, historical consultant and radio and television broadcaster. Her first book, Beyond the Ladies Lounge: Australia’s Female Publicans, garnered both critical and popular acclaim. Her ground-breaking second book, The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka won the 2014 Stella Prize. In 2016 Clare was awarded the Society of Women Writers Alice Award for her distinguished, long-term contribution to Australian Literature. Clare researched, wrote and presented the ABC television documentaries Utopia Girls and The War that Changed Us. She lives in Melbourne with her husband and three children.