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A cry of joy or satisfaction when one finds or discovers something. Recorded from the early 17th century, and said to have been uttered by Archimedes when he hit upon a method of determining the purity of gold (Greek heurēka ‘I have found it’).

Eureka was the name given to a lode in the Ballarat goldfield.

Eureka flag a blue flag bearing a white cross with a star at the end of each arm, first raised at the Eureka stockade; it is also known as the Southern Cross.

Eureka stockade scene of a clash between gold-miners and the police and military at the site of the Eureka lode at Ballarat in 1854, now a symbol of republicanism.


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